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Rastafarianism: Q & A

What, why, what does, how…. Rastafari Forum Questions & Answers

Hey guys. I wanted to create a space where those curious about Rastafari could have their questions answered. Ask your questions here. I do not know everything, and my answers will most likely be spiritually based. The reason is, I was born with my faith, so most of the answers about how to live as a Rasta, are already within me. I do not make a point of studying my faith. So you decide if your question is right for me. I came up with the idea to answer your questions here, because I know many people turn to the web for answers….

Most of my answers will come from….

  • The King James version bible
  • The laws that Jah has written on my heart
  • My own life experience
  • What I have learned from other Rastafari.

 

Ask your Rasta Questions in the Comments

So I will try to come up with some common questions and put them here for now. Any questions beyond, I encourage you to ask me in the comments. I look forward to engaging with you, and answering your questions. Thanks.  If you ask inappropriate questions or deliberately be rude, I will delete and ignore your question or comment. So please keep this in mind. Thanks.

Please keep in mind….Rastafari is not a Religion….

Please keep in mind, Rastafari is not a Religion. Many people expect Religious answers to their questions about Rastafari, but they do not understand that their question is incorrect. Here is an example a person may ask….”How many times a day do Rasta pray?” My answer would be… the question in itself is wrong, you should ask, how important is prayer in Rastafari, is it done in a particular way? So if the questions is wrong I may say so. Here is another incorrect question about the livity. Is it true Rasta men beat their women? Any man of any faith can beat any woman, its not the faith that does the beating its the man himself. So, no not all Rasta men hit the woman they are with, and abuse of all kinds, are against the faith.

So Please feel free to ask your question, sometimes other commentators enjoy answering questions too. one more thing.

People seeking argument as entertainment….

If you are one of those people who come on line, posing as someone who wants to learn about the Rastafari livity, but you are really looking for an argument, I will not entertain you.

Thank you Blessed. love.

10 of the Most common questions about Rastafari answered right here…

 

  1. Why do Rasta not eat meat?
  2. What is the meaning of the dreadlocks?
  3. Do I have to grow dreadlocks to be a Rasta?
  4. What bible do Rasta Read?
  5. My husband is Rasta, do i have to be one too?
  6. Who is the God of Rastafari
  7. How can I convert to Rastafari?
  8. What are the rules of living as Rasta?
  9. Can a White person be a Rasta?
  10. What is the purpose of the Ital food diet?

Why do Rasta not eat meat? My friend says I can…

First of all you must understand, most of the people on line who are giving Rastafari advice are not Rastafari. I would say 99 percent, and yes some of them even have websites. I kid you not, and they are answering questions on Rastafari. How can you take advice from someone who is not living this way of life them self. This tells me their information is “hand me down.” Meaning it does not come from Jah, and it does not come from their own life experience.

What is the meaning of eating meat in a spiritual sense as a Rasta?

No you are not allowed to eat meat as a Rasta. People say it is allowed because they want to be “easily included” into the faith, instead of “easily excluded.” They want to paint Rastafari as something they can easily include them self into without doing any hard work, or changing of habits. So they, people who are not Rasta, will say eating meat is allowed. No Rasta do not eat meat, unless you want to be a fake Rasta, then you can do whatever you want, and call yourself a Rasta. We Rasta do not eat meat because we embrace life. Eating dead flesh, goes against our belief of embracing life. It is written in the bible anyway, which I  will post here once I find it. Real Rasta do not eat meat. Please do not run me down that they do. If you see someone with locks eating meat, that is not  a Tafari. That is all, please do not run me down in the comments about how I am wrong I will just delete it. Ask a person who was born a Rastafari they will tell you the same thing.

What is The Meaning of Dreadlocks in Rastafari?

The meaning of dreadlocks in Rastafari is a physical representation of a spiritual vow. Dreadlocks represent fidelity, and commitment and awareness of Jah Rastafari. It is born as an inner yearning most f of the time, but some people come into it through logic. It can “just make sense” for them. Because really if Jah is the real God, then some people will natuallry gravitate towards him and his ways with out it being inborn, it just makes sense. So locks, mean finding the truth or expressing the truth of life. This is not the most extensive explanation, but that is it for now.

Blessed love….this page is incomplete…you may still post your questions in the comments.

One thing  I forgot to mention is that even though I blog, I sometimes have a hard time with comments and other aspects of how to use the blog….man….trying to approve comments and respond to them….please be patient with me….

How to cook Jamaican Rasta Ital Chunks

How to cook Jamaican Rasta Ital Veggie Chunks

How to Cook Jamaican Rasta Ital Veggie Chunks with Jamaican Seasonings and keep it Ital Rastafarian.

You will need….

  1. 1, 8 oz bag of Veggie Chunks – order online or try a natural health foods store
  2. 2 small sized Carrots – chopped up
    1 stacks of Scallion – chopped fine
  3. 1 large Onion – chopped up
    4 Garlic Cloves – mashed up
    ½ of Scotch Bonnet Pepper – ripe and red
  4. ½ of Scotch Bonnet Pepper – ripe and green
  5. 1 medium sized Irish Potato
  6. 1 teaspoon of Pimento whole (do not crush them)
  7. Some Thyme in a bunch make it into a bundle by tying them
  8. together with some of the thyme sprigs. about the with of a nickle
  9. 1 ½ tablespoon of Sea Salt  or no salt to make it Ital
  10. 1 tablespoon of Curry Powder
  11. ½ cup of Coconut Milk
  12. ¼ cup of Coconut Oil
  13. One medium sized dutch pot with lid

Ital eggplant

stew chicken

Ital food laws

 

JAMAICAN PATTY

 

JERK CHUNKS

 

CARIB CAULIFLOWER

 

Directions: to Cook Jamaican Rasta Ital Veggie Chunks

    • Soak the chunks in water to cover it for 10 – 15 minutes. After that, drain of the water .
    • Peel, wash, and diced all the vegetables.
    • Put to heat a dutch pot on low with a dash of the coconut oil.
    • After one minute, add the garlic and the curry powder.
    • After 20 second of burning the curry, add the coconut oil, more coconut oil that allows the vegetables to cook and not burn. Keep adding coconut oil if needed.
    • add the onions.
    • Now set the stove to medium heat. Stir-fry all the ingredients for one minute.
    • Next, add the soaked chunks. Continue to stir-fry until the veggie hunks are soaked with curry and seasonings.
    • Now, add the water, and then coconut milk.
    • Put the red and green scotch bonnet peppers in the pot whole. Stir in then put the pot’s lid on to completely seal the pot
    • Allow to cook for 20 minutes on medium low Flame.
    • add the tomatoes, diced Irish and sweet potatoes, and carrots.
    • Stir in, allow to simmer for 10 minutes more on low flame.
    • Total time to cook is 35 minutes.
    • Veggie Chunks go great with white rice.  Blessed Love
More Ital Rasta Food Diet Recipes

  1. How to cook Ital Rasta Curried Carrot Soup
  2. How to Cook Jamaican Style Cabbage
  3. How to cook Caribbean Saute Okra
  4. How to cook Jamaican Style Rice and Peas

 

Rasta Books: Rasta Way of Life books

Rasta Way of Life book Life as a rasta woman book
Rasta_Way_of_Life_Cover_for_Kindle

JAH RASTAFARI PRAYERS BOOK

HOW TO BECOME A RASTAFARIAN MAN BOOK

ITAL RASTA eCOOKBOOK

RASTA BIBLE BOOK

JAMAICAN MEN BOOK

 

life as a rasta woman

HOW TO BECOME A RASTA BOOK

RASTAFARI BELIEFS & PRINCIPLES BOOK

CONVERT TO RASTAFARI BOOK

AFRICAN  RASTA BOOK

JAMAICAN WOMEN

Ital Food Diet: 7 tips to cook Rastafarian Ital food

7 Tips & Rules of Rasta Ital Cooking

Ital food diet of Rastas is close to a vegan food diet. The meaning of the word “Ital food” in Rastafarianism means “clean and natural food.” It’s easier to cook Ital food than you may think. Follow these 7 simple rules and tips to follow a natural Ital food, Rastafari Diet.

  1. Ital food diet Tip #1: Omit Salt – Adding salt to food kills the natural flavour. Rasta believes salt makes the spiritual experience of eating the food non-existent. Eating does have a spiritual component and connection to the Most High, that feels good for Rasta.
  2. Ital food diet Tip #2: Natural SeasoningCertain foods and spices have an abundance of natural flavor. We can use them to season food for flavor, instead of salt. Foods such as…scallion, thyme, garlic, onion, pimento, tomato, and curry powder, are all common seasonings in Jamaican Rastafarian food. Try not to use black pepper. Rasta says its bad for mens reproductive organs, because it doesn’t break down in the body.
  3. Ital food diet Tip #3: No Meat: Rasta diet/recipes contain no meat. Rasta also do not eat any pork or shellfish. Rasta believes all meat and pork is “flesh” and “dead” and should not be ingested by the human body. In Rastafari it is commonly known that shellfish clean the bottom of the sea, therefor shellfish are unclean for Rasta to eat. Rastafari are allowed to eat fish, but only fish that have scales are edible, the fish without scales are not edible for Rasta as outlined in Leviticus 11:9:  “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.” Most Rasta now a days are opting not to eat  fish, or chicken. They say they don’t want anything “dead” on their plate, because Jah is life.
  4. Ital food diet Tip#4: protein & Greens: Rasta’s love to include lotsItal food diet of protein and greens in the food we eat, to provide strength, to the body and help build up our blood. Rasta love to include, calaloo, spinach, broccoli, peas, and beans on our food plate. Common in Jamaican Rasta dishes are, Kidney beans, black beans, snow peas, black-eyed peas and more.
  5. Ital food diet Tip #5: Color and texture of food – Jah made eating food to be our delight. Food is fun to eat, when various colors and textures and provided to create an experience of variety, flavour and color. Try some bright orange squash, with some yellow ackee curried, and some lovely yellow plantain. Mix up various colors when cooking Rasta food meals.
  6. Ital food diet tip #7: No Cows Milk – Rasta do not drink cows Milk. Instead we opt for soy milk, or almond milk. Rasta says drinking the milk of another animal is nonsensical. Rasta also say cows recieve way too much hormonal, and other “unhealthy for consumption” injections. Rasta eats clean, natural, and healthy too!
  7. Ital food Diet: Tip #6: Fruits & Nuts – Rasta love to eat a lot of fruits and nuts. Fruit is good for Rasta to eat because its clean, natural, and meets all the requirements of Ital Rasta food. Nuts are a great food to pack, and eat “on the go.” Rasta like to shop for “organic whole foods” and organic fruits and vegetables, for healthy Rastafarian food diet. Dry fruits and nuts, bought in bulk, may be added to vegan desserts, such as non-milk soy based Ice cream, and Rasta Ital breakfast cereals in the morning. Cooking and creating Rasta Ital food and recipes, on an Ital food diet, is easy, once you know these 7 simple rules. Blessed Love.

 

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  • Ital diet
  • Ital recipes

Check out my Page on 7 Jamaican Rastafarian Ital Food Recipes” to try at home.

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Rastafarian Language: How to speak like a Rastafari

Rastafarian Language: Rasta Words

Thank you for taking the time to read my list of Rastafarian words and their meaning. I will update it as much as I can. If you are wondering about any words you have heard Rasta’s say, just leave it in the comments. Blessed.

  • Rasta Words
  • How to speak like a Rasta
  • Rastafarian language

 

 

 

16 of the most commonly used words/phrases in Rastafari Culture :

  1. Ital – Clean and Natural as in “Ital food,”
  2. Blessed Love – Have a pleasant day
  3. Zion – Heaven/Ethiopia
  4. Jah – God, The Most High
  5. Bless Up – Think Positive, Whats up?
  6. Up Up – A blessing of positivity
  7. Fya Bun – Get rid of that, it is of Babylon
  8. Judgement – Gods wrath
  9. Youths – Children
  10. King – Rastaman
  11. Queen – Rastawoman
  12. I and I – Me in the Physical, Me in the spiritual
  13. Jah Rastafari – God & King Selassie I
  14. HIMHis Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I
  15. Give thanks – Give thanks to the creator for he is good
  16. Babylon – Hell/This World

Rasta Way of Life Books by Empress

Rasta Way of Life Life as a rasta woman
Rasta_Way_of_Life_Cover_for_Kindle

JAH RASTAFARI PRAYERS

HOW TO BECOME A RASTAFARIAN MAN

RASTA BIBLE

JAMAICAN MEN

 

life as a rasta woman

HOW TO BECOME A RASTA

RASTAFARI BELIEFS & PRINCIPLES

RASTAFARI FOR

AFRICAN AMERICANS

JAMAICAN WOMEN

Rasta Livity: 20 Characteristics of a True Rastafari

20  Characteristics of a True Rastafari

  1. Works of a Rasta – Rastafari believe strongly in works. We believe our life should be a reflection of our belief in Jah. In other words, when we leave this planet what have we left behind that can help others, or carry on the faith of Rastafari. My book Rasta way of life on amazon.com is one of my works as Rasta.
  2. Words of a Rasta heart – The words of a Rastafari are his heart. Rasta does not swear or put other people down or gossip, or conspire. These things are not of the faith Rasta speak high, positive uplifting words, knowing Jah is hearing all.
  3. Behavior of Rasta – Behavior. Rasta enjoys cooking Ital food. Rasta enjoys teaching others about Rastafari. Rasta like to create a warm welcoming environment, Rasta like to do things that are spiritual and uplifting for himself and for others.
  4. Rasta Food  – Rasta eats vegan food, no salt, plenty of flavor, in variety. Including greens and beans. Ital food. Read my 6 Rules to cook Ital food, blog post.
  5. Alone Time – Rasta likes to be alone sometimes. This is normal for a Rasta. It’s not “hermit” behavior, or blocking others out, or “anti social” it’s just Rastafari.
  6. In love with Africa – Rasta people love African history, beauty and culture. If he doesn’t he is probably not a Rastafari.
  7. No TV/ No Movies  – Most Rasta does not watch tv because we know watching tv is corruption of the mind.
  8. Away from Babylon – Many Rasta prefer to live in the hills in the Caribbean. We like to live as Rasta, without having to conform or compromise. Besides, the hills gives better connection to Jah.
  9. Dreadlocks – Dreadlocks are worn by Rasta. This is how we honour Jah. Watch my video….how to get dreadlocks as a new Rasta.
  10. red yellow Green – These are the spiritual colors of Rastafari. They are the 3 main colors on the Lion of Judah Flag.
  11. Cleanliness – Rastas love to be clean. We love clean dreadlocks, our home clean, our clothes clean. Rasta believes cleanliness attracts Jah into our lives. It’s very important to a Rasta.
  12. Love Rasta Reggae Music – The best music to a Rasta is Rasta Reggae music.
  13. Enjoy Love and Togetherness – Rasta love togetherness and love. We love to share good vibes with righteous people.
  14. Rasta teaches people about Life and Love – Rasta love to teach people about life from a Jah fearing perspective. Rasta know a lot about life, even when they are very young.
  15. Rasta says Jah Rastafari – Rasta always say, “Jah Rastafari,” randomly. I call this act, “blessing and cleansing” the space around me.
  16. Love Rasta Colors – Rasta love to have Rasta colors, in his room, on his clothes, on his shoes, on his jewelry  etc.
  17. Rasta Abhor meat – Rasta abhor beef, pork etc. We see it as dead flesh. Rasta promotes life. Eating death brings…many negative things, for spirit, and temple.
  18. Love to Meditate – Most people do not know how important meditation is to a Rastafari. Meditation is what give Rasta his inner wisdom. We also believe meditation is good for the spirit, it keeps it calm. You can Read Rasta Meditation Handbook, on amazon.com.
  19. Enjoy time with children and Babies – In Rastafari children are seen s fresh incarnations. Full of love and truth. Children and babies are highly regarded in Rastafari.
  20. Treat everybody equal – Equality and equal rights is one of main beliefs as a Rasta. Rasta do not like anybody to be treated “different.” Rasta believe we are all one, the same and equal.

 

Rastafarian Names: 25 Good Rasta names for Men/Women

25 Good Rasta Names!

I was inspired by the following to create these rasta names by…

  1. The bloodline of Haile Selassie
  2. Ethiopian Royalty/ Ethiopia
  3. Jamaican Patois
  4. The Bible.
  5. Spiritual Beautiful words of a Rasta Empress

Convert to Rastafari book ……well worth it!

Convert to Rastafari (new Sept 2nd 2017)

I have a new Rasta book coming out by Sept 1 – 4th, 2017. “Convert to Rastafari: 85 Tips, Principles & Beliefs to convert to Rastafari.” Its full of good information to help one make the transition into Rastafari. …please…let me know what you think. Its only gonna be available in paper back for the serious up and coming King and Empress. When its ready, I will link it here. Blessed.

 

25 Good Rasta Names for Rasta Women

  1. Makeda – The name of the Queen of Sheba
  2. Menen – The name of Empress Menen
  3. Lioness – Common Rasta slang for a Rasta woman
  4. Royal – To acknowledge Rasta Royalty
  5. Zaditu – The Empress on the throne before King Selassie
  6. Mary – Jesus Mothers name
  7. Hannah – The name of a Barren wife in the bible who prayed to God for a son. She dedicated him to God and named him Samuel.
  8. Elizabeth – In the bible
  9. Royalty – Royal name as Rasta are Royal
  10. Interest – Royal and sexy and feminine name
  11. Impressa – Nice name for a Rasta woman
  12. Loyalty – Loyal to Rastafari
  13. Trinity – King Selassie is the power of the trinity
  14. Decided – Commitment to Rastafari livity
  15. Dedicated – Commitment to Rasta Livity
  16. Truth – Rastafari is the truth.
  17. Lioness – Name for strong Rastawoman
  18. Imperial – I like the word…lol…
  19. Gold – Africa was known for its Gold
  20. Ruby – A Jewel…Royalty
  21. Unity – Rasta love to unite
  22. Abssinya – The name of a place in Ethiopia
  23. November – The month King Selassie was crowned in 1930.
  24. July – The month Haile Selassie was born
  25. Tribe – Rasta are from The tribe of Judah

25 Good Rasta names for Rasta men

  1. Acutal
  2. King
  3. Hiya
  4. Kingly
  5. Royal
  6. Accentute
  7. Menelik
  8. Makonen
  9. Solomon
  10. David
  11. Israel
  12. Judah
  13. Lion
  14. Chosen
  15. Imperial
  16. Impecable
  17. International
  18. Sure
  19. Trillion
  20. Infinate
  21. Star
  22. Africa
  23. Dawit
  24. Jacob
  25. Haile

Most of the names can be used for both male and female. Feel free to switch them up. Here are some Alternative Rasta names, which are the names of the 12 Tribes of Israel, that you can use for Rasta names too.

12 tribes of Israel Rasta baby names

  1. Reuben.
  2. Simeon.
  3. Levi (this priestly tribe did not receive a territory, and sometimes is not listed when the tribe of Joseph is listed as two separate tribes).
  4. Judah.
  5. Zebulun.
  6. Issachar.
  7. Dan.
  8. Gad.
  9. Asher.
  10. Naphtali.
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin.

Thanks for Checking out my Post. Watch the Video Called “How to choose your Rasta Name” to learn more. I made it just for you. Blessed Love.


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