“Good Morning Jah, in the name of His Imperial Majesty, Holy Emanuel I, King Selassie I.
I and I give thanks for this blessed day. May all the land be touched by your presence beauty and power.
Keep I and I protected from Babylon tricks and adversity.
Give I and I strength to survive another Day in Babylon.
Bless I and I that I may maintain a positive loving caring and sharing spirit as I serve you Jah on this day.
Keep Satan and his workers out of I and I path as I trod the earth today.
In the name of King Selassie I, Holy Emanuel I.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He kept His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
A Rasta is a messenger, Chosen at CONCEPTION, chosen at CONCEPTION to deliver the message of The Most high. Rasta, don’t believe in Jah… Rasta KNOW Jah is real! Every Rasta has a Job for his life, already laid out for him at his birth. Our job as Rasta is not to go to school and become a Doctor or a Lawyer… it is the job of Rasta to deliver “the message” of truth to the black people.
Bob Marley did it, Capleton is doing it, Garnet silk did it, I am doing it. This is what it means to be a Rasta.
Rastafari is a faith for people who want to follow a spiritual way of life based on Truth. A True Jah, with Real Prophets of Today. Appreciating Nature, and taking action to educate and Lift up all who are oppressed, representing equal Rights for all Peoples.
Who should become a Rasta?
All coily haired and black-skinned, descendants of Africa, men, women, and children, should follow the spiritual way of life of Rastafari.
Here is why…
Rastafari is a spiritual way of life, not a Religion which has become corrupt
Rastafari is independence and creativity of the Black hue-man
Rastafari teaches Natural living, as a way of life
Rastafari embraces the natural beauty of the Black hue-man
Rastafari is positive self-image and self-awareness of the Black hue-man
Rastafari is the truth of what it means to have black African DNA
Rastafari promotes strong black communities by way of Leadership entrepreneurship
“I send out my messengers (Rasta) to call all my people, wooly haired and black-skinned, made in my image. To remind them of whom they are, and that they may return to the rightful ways as the chosen people. Please hear the call of my messengers, and turn to me, I am the Almighty.”
Self Esteem as Black Hue-man
To have self esteem as a black hue-man you will have to learn your history, and positive contributions of your black Ancestors. Enjoy My little Lamb.
Why Rastafari say “King Selassie I (Jah Rastafari)
I have been thinking about this for some time. But it was only recently that I asked my self the question and got an answer. I know..its spiritual, just allow me explain. I used to know a guy. Someone I cared about very much. He began embracing the faith around the same time I did, and lived in my area, here in Ontario. We immediately became friends when we ran into each other on the bus, after some time. We had Rastafari in common and many Rasta like to stick together.
I learned very quickly we were embracing the faith in different ways. He would often say King Selassie I. I would say Jah. We had a conversation about this one day. He told me he found it dumb that I would say Jah considering the very name of my faith means KIng Selassie I. I told him there are many Rasta who say Jah, and it is a personal thing and that saying Jah, feels right for me.
I have since made friends with another individual who chooses to embrace the faith in this way, as my former friend. So, I asked my self, why do Rasta say King Selassie I. The reason may be something you did not expect. In fact it is somewhat complicated. When you are reading this keep in mind that we have all been brainwashed about the truth concerning God, so the truth (which I am about to share with you) may sound like lies. But, It is the truth, about the real God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as stated in the King James Version Bible. The God of the Covenant people, of Israel and Judah.
Ask yourself some questions about spiritual truth
Before I get into Why Rasta say King Selassie I, I want you to ask yourself some questions, just to exercise you mind in the way of knowing that, brainwashing is taking place, and spiritual truth is out there. But many people don’t know it so the lies concerning God and spirituality (Religion) is what dominates the world.
What Religion was Jesus Christ?
What Religious beliefs did Adam and Eve have?
How did God make black people, and why?
If God is real what does he want from me?
Is there a way of life that can induce things like prosperity, peace, happiness, for all persons?
The birth of King Selassie I
Jah is the Almighty Creator. He is all-knowing and All powerful. In our modern lives of Fast cars, accumulation of material possessions and fake hair and nails, we have forgotten that the creator still exists, and he has not changed since he created Adam and Eve.
Jah appointed King Selassie I by birth to protect the land where he (created) placed the first Man and Woman. This is no joke…Its just truth.
Foreign Invasion and Colonization of Africa
Did you know the original name of Africa was actually Ethiopia. Africa as we call it today was known as Upper Ethiopia and Lower Ethiopia. Due to foreign invasion and colonization bit by bit, Africa was taken over and the names of small areas changed.
Come 1935, during the reign of King Selassie I in Ethiopia, Mussolini with his Modern weaponry , and unscrupulous tactics, set out to invade and take over. King Selassie I, a devout Christian and a proud King of “Ethiopia” wasn’t having any of that.
We can still visit the Garden of Eden….
Could you image visiting Ethiopia in this day and age and pointing to a Condo or a Highway, or a grocery store and saying …and that is where the Garden of Eden used to be. Jah wasnt gonna have any of that either. Remember Jah Jah is Almighty and all-powerful, he has the ability to foresee wickedness, and he also has the ability to appoint someone by birth to defend his endeavours. This is exactly what Jah did to protect the Garden of KIng, by way of the Birth of King Selassie I. We can still go and visit the Garden of Eden. Thank you Jah
The words “Ras – Tafari” what it means
Rastafari men and Rastafari women know that King Selassie I birth and life is the works of Jah the Almighty creator. This is why we say “Jah Rastafari.” Ras Tafari was the birth or baptism name of Emperor Haile Selassie I. Ras meaning prince, and his first name Tafari. When we say Rastafari, we are really saying God the Almighty and powerful creator, the God of Israel, who created my spirituality by way of one man, King Selassie I.” See, it’s too long! So we say “Jah Rastafari!” I cannot be bothered to lie to you. It is a fact.
Whats really the point of all this?
The point of all this is that some Rasta say King Selassie I and some do not. Neither is right or wrong. If want to Salut Jah, by saying the word Jah, King Selassie I is automatically included. If you want to say King Selassie I, you automatically include Jah. I say Jah because it feels right for me, but some times I say King Selassie I too. It depends what I am trying to say.
Sometimes I want to emphasize that the works of Jah, the Almighty is so great and so powerful, that to say King Selassie I. Sometimes, I want to say, what a blessing to know the truth of the Almighty, so I say Jah. Its spiritual and personal.
Rastafari is the truth and light for all Nations
Rastafari is the truth. There is nothing else and nothing higher. I am sorry but as a Rasta I know that. Anything that exists on earth only because Jah allows it. If he doesn’t want it, he knows how to get rid of it. The only reason people have other spiritual beliefs is because they are brainwashed, and Jah allows them to be brainwashed because he gives every individual free will.
It’s all there in the King James version bible. The relationship between the God of Israel and the covenant people. Even that they too believed in other Gods.
Jah bless to all my beauties. Rastafari is the light.
I was watching one of the videos I placed on my Rasta blog front page.This is my 4th time watching this video, it’s so full of information. I am now on my 4th time really taking in all that this Rasta man is saying. Its everything I feel and know but never had the words for….This blog post is all about the beliefs and Rules of Rastafari.
White Jesus Christ
In Rastafari there is no such thing as a White Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ but we believe in Jesus Christ the Nazarite who was a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks, who loved God, and was sent by God to inform the people who God is real. It is not about Race (ethnicity) Just truth and reality. Rastafari is always about the hidden truth. The perfect Rasta Man knows the truth about Jesus Christ, and embraces that truth, not Babylon lies.
King Selassie I
King Selassie I is the descendent of King David. Is this fact not worthy of some praise and attention? Of course it is. But the Babylon system does not want you to know about these things. Mainly because then the truth will be revealed that biblical people and Jesus Christ himself, was in fact black. The perfect Rasta man can feel the divinity of King Selassie I as Jah Elect. With or without the Ancestral Lineage.
On a Rastafari person, the dreadlocks have a very special meaning. They represent truth, Jah, and natural living. They also represent the awareness that all life began as black and that Jah is a black and very powerful entity that Rasta loves and fears. You cannot call your self Rasta and not have your dreadlocks. It just doesn’t work. Your dreadlocks are your living testimony that you know Jah is real, and that you vow to live to please him all the days of your life. Its sort of like when you marry someone and you wear a wedding ring. How would you receive a person that told you they were married but just didn’t wear the ring. Nonsensical right. However….
Leonard Howell – Wikipedia.com
‘Leonard Percival Howell was known as The Gongor G.G. Maragh(forGong Guru), was a Jamaican Religious figure. According to his biographer Hélène Lee Howell was born in an Anglican family. He was one of the first preachers of the Rastafari Movement (along with Joseph Hibert, Archibald Dunkley and Robert Hinds), and is sometimes known as The First Rasta.
Born in May Crawle River, Jamaica, Howell left the country as a youth, traveling amongst other places to New York, and returned in 1932. He began preaching in 1933 about what he considered the symbolic portent for the African Diaspora—the crowning of Ras Tafari Makonnen as Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. His preaching asserted that Haile Selassie was the “Messiah returned to earth,” and he published a book called The Promise Key. Although this resulted in him being arrested, tried for sedition and imprisoned for two years, the Rastafari movement grew.
Over the following years, Howell came into conflict with all the establishment authorities in Jamaica: the planters, the trade unions, established churches, police and colonial authorities, and he was allegedly arrested more than 50 times. He formed a town or commune called Pinnacle in Saint Catherine Parish that became famous as a place for Rastafarians. Nevertheless, this movement prospered, and today the Rastafari faith exists worldwide. Unlike many Rastas Howell never wore dreadlocks. Leonard Howell died in Kingston Jamaica.’
Mr. Howell is known for writing the book, “The Promise Key” but I could only find a book called, “The Promised Key.”
The Work of a Rasta man
A Rasta man or Rasta woman is someone who is supposed to represent his or her people. This is the whole reason they are chosen as Rasta. In being chosen for this very special job, we are also aware that we must keep our mind, heart and soul clean (uncorrupted) to enter Zion. Many Rasta now a day are not taking this seriously, but I do. I am still representing and very much in love with my people. the perfect Rasta man feels compelled to deliver the message of Jah the Almighty, this is his natural-born purpose.
What are some beliefs of the Rastafari People?
Rastas have 10 basic principles. I list them all in my new book entitled white Rastafari. But the basic principles are…
Rasta does not eat meat
Rasta does not cut the dreadlocks
Rasta knows Jah is black
These are 3 principles of every Rastafari man woman and child. If anybody says they eat meat and they are Rasta, I would say they do not have the heart of Rastafari. The perfect Rasta man knows to eat meat, is to eat dead flesh.
Deep love for Black People
From I was just a little girl, I understood that Rasta loved the black Identity. I knew that the colours Red Yellow and Green represented Africa, and I also understood somehow that dreadlocks were a way of wearing black African hair in its natural state. But I was just a kid so I wasn’t completely aware, but these were the feelings I had as a little girl about 2 and 3 years old.
Every Rasta has an appreciation for the black Identity. The beauty of black skin, the truth of black natural hair, and a love of black Culture. The perfect Rasta man no matter where he is from, has a deep love for the black African Identity.
The perfect Rastaman enjoys living his life as Rastafari. This means listening to the beautiful sounds of Rasta Reggae music, eating Rasta Ital Food, Using natural products to clean his home and cleanse his body, and give thanks and praises unto the creator – Jah every day. To live as Rastafari, means to live life the way Jah intended them to live. Rastafari is a spirituality that embraces natural living, this is what the Rastafari livity is all about.
Cleanliness and Purity
One thing I have yet to meet is a Rasta man who is not clean. I know some people think that because Rasta wear the hair in dreadlocks, we must not be clean, but actually the opposite is true. Rasta has a “Crown” upon our heads. We make cleanliness and purity a priority, as a way of showing off our crown. The Rastafari dreadlocks crown represents…
King Selassie I
Rasta is some of the cleanest people on the planet, because we where a Jah crown on our heads, we keep our surroundings clean, to show our love and respect, to Jah.
Equal Rights and Justice for All. It should be no surprise that equal Rights and justice for all is one of the principles of the Rastafari Livity. Rastafari is ancestral. An aspect of this faith that often is not mentioned, but lives strongly in every Rasta man woman and child. My ancestors were brutalized, hanged, black women beated and raped, black men were forced to ejaculate in order to reproduce more black slaves. These things hurt my heart. However, they are with me….It is no wonder they have very little positive things to report to me. They want to me to share with others what it was like to live in such a time. The time they were stolen and removed from their homeland, Africa, and forced to live a life of subservience. As Rasta the component of my Ancestors is 2 fold. I must Salut my Ancestors as being from the same realm as Jah the Almighty, and I must Salut them as paving the way for my freedom today. I love my Ancestors and they love me. They want me to know things, better yet they want me to understand things…and believe me now I do. I have more respect for my great black Ancestors than I ever have. Now that they have put me in situations so that I could see, hear and experience some of the same things they did, while under a slave master.
No I cannot just forget…
No I cannot just forget what happened to my great black ancestors for a number of reasons
to do so would be disrespect, I would not want my descendents to disregard my trials and tribulations in that manner
My faith does not give me a choice. They are with me, they influence my experiences, my thoughts, my actions etc
They help me to be a better writer because they give me a perspective unknown to me before.
Jah Jah, calls for me to make remembrance of them.
How I salute my black ancestors
I salute my ancestors by lighting an incent in their honour every time I keep the sabbath. I love them. I know they went through a lot of hatred, conspiring, and that they were killed BECAUSE of their natty hair and dark skin complexion and that they had not the resources to defend themselves.
Then came the black leaders/heroes
then came our leaders and heroes, such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, Emperor Haile Selassie, and many others. They risked and GAVE of their lives in order to fight for equal rights and justice for generations of black people to come. HEY THAT’S ME!! how can I dismiss my ancestors and live as if there was no such thing as the black struggle. As a natty haired dark-skinned black woman today, I see the same prejudice and discrimination that my people faced. It’s a hard thing. But one thing for sure, when I am around my people, I feel so much love in my heart. The black struggle made us unique and strong, and gave us help from the other side. I am a proud black woman. Jah Rastafari.
Today, black children coming up have no idea of the black struggle. But I will teach it to them. They need to know the truth, they need to know of their history, they need to be proud and salute their ancestors.
The Song Buffalo Soldier, Bob Marley
I invite you to read the words of this Bob Marley song. When I took the time to really listened to it the other day, it made me cry to realize just how black people, my people must have been feeling at that time.
Buffalo Soldier lyrics
Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
I mean it when I analyze the stench
To me it makes a lot of sense
How the dreadlock rasta was the buffalo soldier
And he was taken from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Said he was a buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
Buffalo soldier in the heart of America
If you know your history
Then you would know where you’re coming from
Then you wouldn’t have to ask me
Who the ‘eck do I think I am
I’m just a buffalo soldier in the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Said he was a buffalo soldier, win the war for America
Dreadie, woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/bob-marley-lyrics/buffalo-soldier-lyrics.html ]
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy
Buffalo soldier troddin’ through the land, wo-ho-ooh
Said he wanna ran and then you wanna hand
Troddin’ through the land, yea-hea, yea-ea
Said he was a buffalo soldier, win the war for America
Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Driven from the mainland to the heart of the Caribbean
This book is way overdue. My apologies to all my up and coming black kings and queens.
Jah wrote it on my heart about 3 years ago to write a book such as this. The truth is I had the bones of the book done, but when I was through with it I felt that it was almost too powerful. Where I live in Toronto Canada, we get silenced. If you are not promoting homosexuality, or lying to people, in some way shape of form, in order to tell them what they want to here, you will be silenced. None of those things is what I am about.
The original book I wrote consisted of many things I learned about “other nations” by way of meditation and surfing the internet. I am not out to offend anyone. Not only that I just wanted this book to be high Quality. I want people to enjoy this book so much that they tell their friends. I want it to be the book on Rastafari for people of Color. I want this book to inspire black people to follow the faith. I knew I had to do a better job.
I started to rewrite the book after a good friend of mine told me something. He said dont you know there are Muslims in Jamaica. I immediately thought, there is no reason for that. Rastafari is for the Jamaican black people. I now have a Job to do. I wrote my book on that basis, but you will not get that feeling when you read the book. I want all black-skinned people with coily hair to know Ras-Tafari is the rightful faith for them as determined by the Almighty him self. It is the job of every black Rasta to bring the people to the faith. Some don’t want to do it on a larger scale, but truly it is our job.
I am doing my part by writing about Rastafari, others sing about it. We must deliver the message to the black people.
My book is called “Rastafari: Black Peoples Livity Bible” I am in love with the title, and so far I am in love with my book. I wanted to keep it positive so that people will enjoy reading it and maybe feel inspired by it. Here I will share some of the book with you.
Black is a shade?
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, she is white and has been brainwashed into believe that white is superior. We had a conversation alone one day, then she tried to share her belief with a young black woman selling T-shirts on the street that “black white and grey” are all shades. I had to correct her. “Black is all colors combined!” (therefore it is not a shade) it is in fact a color. “It is the strongest color.” She had no more to say about the subject. We as black people must stop accepting the brainwash. Just because something is written in a book, doesnt make it true. Think beyond, and know that you must use common sense and wisdom to know the truth. This information was also given to me by the most high during one fo my meditation sessions.
What I learned under meditation
One day when I had fallen under a deep meditation it was revealed to me that black people are the original, whole and complete human. I did ask for evidence or “proof” that this was true. The answer I received was. ” take a look at the other nations. They have your hue-man characteristics, in lesser degrees in variation.” It was revealed to me that Indian hue-mans have our skin complexion but to a lesser degree…asians, have dark hair and even wide noses….to a lesser degree…hispanics, are curvy and wavy to curly-haired to a lesser degree…caucasians have black features and characteristic the very least. Caucasions…tend to be straight in the body…lighter haired…with very fine in many cases thin lips and …the hair of black hue-mans is strong…and can stick straight up in the air in its natural un chemically altered form. the hair of other nations…tends to be limp…and hangy.
Positive Black References
To coily African black hair and black skin complexion
In reference to our beautiful skin tone say:
High Melanin complexion
Black self-esteem means, promoting positive black images in the home, being your self a positive black role model, and being a supporter of black upliftment and natural black beauty. Only a Rasta who loves him self and loves his black identity to the fullest, and who walks next to Jah, will honor this guideline.
Many black Rasta who practice the faith to the fullest, feel a natural loving unity towards his fellow black man, woman, and child. It is important that you do the same once you begin to grow your “Holy Rasta Crown.” As Black Rasta it i important that we place your black brothers, sister, and children “on a pedestal.” Speak to you black brothers and sisters as if you are speaking to a King or a Queen…because essentially you are! Rastafari is a spirituality that practices unity WITHIN the black community.
As you can see I tried to keep everything positive. I have a job to complete. I will do it as much as possible while I am here. Loving my people.
Jah loves you too.
My book should be available no later than, mid September. Then not too longer later I will be moving to Jamaica, to continue the message.
Hello and Welcome to my Blog on Rastafari and Jamaican Culture. For those of you who don’t know me my name is Yuajah and I am a Rasta. Rastafari is my spirituality, my mission is to educate others on what it means to be a Rasta and to have self-pride self-love and self-awareness.
I am writing a new Rasta book
I am writing a new book. This is actually my second book. My first book is called “How to Become a Rasta.” You can buy it as an e-book by clicking the link. My second Book is called “Rastafari, spirituality for African-Americans” or something very close to that. I wanted to let you know that, in case you were wondering why I havent created any new posts. I don’t want abandon my responsibilities. My master piece will be well worth the wait. “Rastafari, Spirituality for African-Americans.” Is my heart. It should be available online at amazon.com by late April 2012.
I have a new Rasta website
I have a new Rastafari website. Ok not a new website, but the old one made new. I am sure this is a shock for some people, because it was definitely a shock for me. lol. I hope you like the new design. It was very hard to select, and I wanted to make it just right for my site visitors. One cool thing about the new design is your can sign up to mingle with other members. Hopefully every is working smoothly with that. Just look on the top tool bar, to sign up.
More Jah truth
I have made a decision. I am not going to pussy foot around any more. I was pussy footing around before….but no more. I am going to blog about Rastafari the way that it is written on my heart. I wont say things to make people happy. Much of what I am gonna say is very controversial. Hey, maybe I will make more enemies than friends. On life to live right. I gotta be me. Please no I am not intentionally trying to hurt people. It’s just that I have a message to deliver, and if I keep “being nice” people will not get my point. Ok ok, I will be nice, I will just be selective about what I say. Just as the late great Bob Marley.
What is a Rasta?
A Rasta is someone who has knowledge about certain things in life. You are wondering what on earth I am talking about. Well one thing is thing. (belief) if you want to call it that. Your life should be your own. It was given to your by Jah to do as you like. Only you can stand before the Almighty at Judgement time. Many people do not appreciate my lifestyle. I think even those who know me, wonder “what is a Rasta” any way. It is not only about dreadlocks, it’s about living life, the right way, the clean way, the way Jah the almighty intended. I leave it there, I know my beliefs can sound radical to some, but they are mine and I stick to them. Not only that I have a responsibility to my ancestors to remind people of where they are coming from, and to educate others on my spiritual way of life.
That is mostly what I wanted to share with you. Check out the videos on the far right. Sign up to the jamaicanrastafarianlove.com online community, buy “How to Become a Rasta” and educate other with what you learn. Put love first in all things, remember Jah is watching….clean heart good intentions.
Many white persons are becoming Rastafarians. This is a very positive move for society as a whole. Rastafari is a spirituality of love, togetherness, and God, (Jah Love) and truth. However for those seeking guidance on becoming a Rasta, there may be more to this way of life than you are aware of. To touch the tip of the iceberg, Rastafari is just as much about what you don’t do as much as what you do, to call your self “Rasta”
Rastaman follow a strict code of clean and unclean
Many people don’t know this but Rastaman follow a strict code of “clean and unclean” – if he / she is serious about his faith and his beliefs. Many Jamaican Rastas do not
eat read meat
In Rastafari we try to keep things as pure and as clean as the day Jah created light out of darkness. This way we keep Jah as the center of all that we do.
Can a White Person be a Rasta?
So, can a white person be Rasta? For a few years I felt the clear answer to this question was “of course not!” However I have come to find out… Absolutely! A white person can be a Rasta in the same way that a black man or woman can be Rasta. Rastafari is of the heart, whats in heart, has very little to do with skin color. Rastafari is a powerful spiritual energy, he can do things that humans can’t. Including penetrate the heart of those blue, pink purple and white. I decided this after watching the video of “Mr. Alborosie” (A white ( Italian) Rasta Reggae music Singer) called “Jah Jah Crown.” His words are the exact way I would describe my very deep and personal relationship with Jah. After listening to a few of Alborosies songs, and watching some of his videos on youtube….I am convinced!….A white person, can be Rastafari!
How do you become a Rastafarian
Not all Rasta are born Rasta. Some Rasta are Rasta because they are born to Rastafari parents, some are Rasta because they choose this way of living as their person spirituality. Many are Rasta because they have somebody close to them following the livity, and it somehow seems like the right thing for them to do the same thing.
You can become a Rasta by following the Rastafari Livity
You can become a Rasta by locking your hair and declaring your self as Rasta
You can become a Rasta by spiritual Inheritance
You can become a Rasta by absorbing as much Rastafari information as possible
You will know the right way for you once you come upon it…Once again Rastafari is of the heart, so nobody can tell you the right or the wrong way for you. Only you can decide that.
learn how to be a Rastafarian!
The first thing you need to know to be a Rastafarian, is… Rastafari is of the heart, so, do you feel that following this way of life is right for you whole heartedly? If yes then go for it…but if not…dont do it…cause in Rastafari your dreadlocks once implemented, are for life.
In my book I talk about…
how to be a Rasta
how to dress like a true rasta woman
how to submit to your Rasta king
how to raise your child as Rastafari
and much much more…
Understand what it means to be a Rasta
In my book I have included a Rastafari pledge: To be a conscious and Righteous Rasta. Why? Because too many people “become Rasta” as a form of rebellion or because their friend, boyfriend or girlfriend is Rasta, without really understanding what it means to be a rasta. To help people understand what it means I created a very simple but informative pledge, which can be read at any time and keep new Rastas on the right track. I love you all….
for now keep reading those bible verses, stay conscious and righteous and absorb as much “Rasta Reggae Music” as possible. The book is available as an ebook, Jah Bless.
Sometimes I am aware that Jah had some serious plans for me as a Rasta. I shouldn’t really say had because with Jah anything is possible at any time. I feel like I am not living up to my full potential….as a Rasta chosen by the most high. This is mostly when I see the work of other Rasta on places like YouTube making music, and performing on Stage. Or when I look back on the books he had me write…But again for me it comes back to the move to Jamaica, to block out all the influence of Babylon that is not I and I, and to soak up the inspirations that will foster the power of The
Most High, in my heart.
I believe Jah has had different plans for me at different times…I believe he wants me to
write books to inspire children of color, on love and knowing the love of The Most High
Maybe even write some songs, about of course my love for Jah….Rastafari!!!
To be a Rasta is a huge Responsibility
This…being a Rasta is a great responsibility. You always have to be on your best behaviour, because Jah Rastafari is always watching you, and my judgement as a Rasta will be much more strict and more harsh than that of others.
I must be aware of the feelings I cause others to feel
I love being a Rasta, but I have to accept that I will never be like other people. I have an inner compass already, that if I don’t pay attention to, it leaves me feeling sad and misaligned. I have decided that yes, I will go to Jamaica, to live. I don’t see my self “trying it out” I already know the home of my heart. This thought has been on going for the past 3 years. I read on the internet apparently I am only suppose to stay 6 months but who’s really checking. I guess I’ll stay six months then 1 month in Canada, then go back to my home. Rastafari is something that one inherits spiritually. Every body knows Jamaica is the heart of Reggae music. It’s where it was born, and where it is Fostered. Everybody knows, Jamaica is the heart of Rastafari, it’s where most Rastafari persons live per capita, and where Rastafari is most widely accepted and known of by the people. So again. Day after day I abuse my self by staying in my birth country as if something good is going to come out of this. So far the only thing I fin, is that day after day, I lose a little bit more and more of my self. That is a huge price to pay just to try to make my mother happy who isn’t even a big part of my life.
Everything I do is Rastafari, roots and culture
Every thing I do in my life is Rastafari, that is my choice. I made that decision the day i locked my hair. I figured why go part way. But I didn’t know how many things I could do. The Most High led me through synchronicity to making Rastafari jewelry. I KNOW its part of his plan for me….at least for now. I suddenly just realized how displeased I am with my self….for not making this decision and sticking to it sooner. I would have the same conversation with my mother once a week…”Mom I want to move to Jamaica….” ” no…I don’t think you should, they might Rob you” ” I don’t think so mom, it’s about how you dress and your behaviour…” “ok see for you self..” Then she starts raising her voice. This reminds me of the time my mom wanted me to go nursing school, I told her I didn’t want to….she ended up pounding her fist on the table. Like it’s as if she wants me to be her or something and I can never be, will never be, and have no desire to be. I love my self, I love who I am, I know the Most High chose me. My Job is to live my life for him, do what I can in terms of taking care of my self, move to Jamaica and not worry too much.
are all by my rasta heart. This is the only way I can be happy. I can make other stuff, or write about other things, but my soul wont be happy if I do that.
My Chart says “Life is better for me In Jamaica!”
My astrology chart told me that I would have a good career if I moved to Jamaica that would become my focus. hmmm…Maybe I over read my chart. There I go doubting my self again. Whenever I have done readings for friends its always been spot on….but for my self…I doubt, I have my book, My jewelry, my mothers home….the beach, the tourists, other rasta….and for goodness sakes my notoriety as a foreigner right in my home town (in Jamaica) surely I can use that to get by. This is a big decision. I think I will plan a trip for 6 weeks and come back. I really have no idea what I am stepping into (not about my mothers concerns) Just having to readjust to a new society that I havent visited in 18 years. I truly believe half of what determines a persons experience with persons places or things, is how they felt about that person place or thing before they interacted with it. So, basically your expectations become the reality. The truth is I love my roots and culture so much that I am willing to live in Jamaica with nothing. That is why I mention in a previous post that it is impossible for me to “fail” at this, because to me, Just being able to know I am where my heart wants me to be….is a huge inherited wealth in its self. I must go! The question is… when? The other thing of it is…I must finish this book I started, On “how to become Rastafari.” There are people who would appreciate the guidance, so I have to complete my part of what I said I would do. The other thing is I started to build an online store, for my rasta jewelry and other Rastafari accessories. I am kind of thinking of asking a friend of mine, also a Jamaica rasta, to run it for me. The thing is he already owns a rasta store in Toronto. So, to have an online rasta shop all packaged, ready for him to put his photos up from his shop, would be a dream come true for him. You want to know the funny part? He is in Jamaica right now….lol! So, I cannot even discuss these matters with him.
I generated my astrology chart for me in Jamaica and it showed me a strong house of career
The tourist industry is huge in Jamaica perhaps I could take advantage of that by pitching some tents my mothers front lawn…lol
My friend is probably going to come back at the time I will be leaving, that’s the power of the universe. But he could fill up my online rasta shop and just run with it.
I love to Make Rasta Jewelry, and write my Rasta book
I really enjoy making my jewelry, and have so many different styles of African and Jamaican jewelry designs in my head. Plus there are some people on here I will make special pieces for. So, I have a whole slew of things to complete before I go. The book will surely take the longest, and is well worth the wait. I am really personalizing it. I want those seeking the knowledge of Rastafari as a spiritual way of life to really know how to live it, and to really understand it from a Rasta point of view, this is the reason I put my experiences in this book. I do believe Jah chose me to do this. I do believe he knows I have what it takes to do this. Such as my experience, the fact that I enjoy writing, and the fact that I have a story to tell, that is all Rasta, simply for the fact that it has been suppressed for so long. Not only that, I feel I have the words to turn those feelings into something those who are not Rastafari, can understand. I really don’t have big expectations about this book. If it gives me an income of $30 a month I will be happy, it gives me an income of $300 dollars a month I will be happy. I see the money as the way people will say thank you for writing it. Plus I believe any life worth living always leaves something of value behind after the death. Such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Selassie, Marcus Garvey, something created by the person that was a token of their purpose here on earth. So, this book is my token. I am so happy that I have a token!!!! how cool is that? Sometimes I think this darn thing will never get finished. But I must press on.
Moving to Jamaica is the reward!
My reward will be my move to Jamaica. I am so looking forward to it that it brings tears to my eyes. I will feel like I am finally at home. And for good ness sakes, there will be so many SEXY RASTAMEN, out there. Whoooo hoooo, and the Jamaican white sandy beaches. I don’t even know why anybody would want to leave Jamaica and live in Canada or America. I love you all
Every thing in my life tells me that I should move to jamaica? What do you think, should I? Last year I thought about it every day about 15 times a day. I kid you not. For a whole slew of reasons. Mostly I think the most high was trying to send me there. And he told me so. But of course I didn’t listen once again to my intuition….and doubted my self. Now I kick my self because knowing what I know , I could have been much happier there.
Here are my top 5 reasons for wanting to move to jamaica
For my jewelry (roots and culture) I have a much better market, more Rastafari people and more Jamaicans and Caribbean
I have a family home there … my mother would like one of her children there
we could allow tourists to rent our Jamaican family home to generate some income
More Rasta and Jamaican vibes (Reggae music, jamaican food, rasta parties etc)
many more single Rastafari men live in Jamaica….who approach life in the same manner as me
My astrology chart said my life would be better if I move to jamaica
So, why is it even a question in my mind….?
I am Afraid of the unknown…I am afraid of not knowing how things work. I am afraid of not being able to predict what my future will be like in Jamaica. Here in Canada, everything is streamlined. I know somethings in Jamaica are about who you know, or they have a more relaxed way of approaching things. I am afraid of having to get use to the market instead of the Grocery store….and so many other things. But I know I wont really know unless I try it out….kind of like when I started my dreadlocks….lol
Am I running away from something?
The answer is yes. All that I want and the responsibility of it all. I am running away from that. In a way going to Jamaica is also a form of giving up (in my mind) things are progressing for me but the responsiblity and the time line just scares me ( and pisses me off) some times. Like this book, on “how to become a Rastafarian” I have just now printed it from my computer, to edit it. Why did it take me so long. Before this point I felt like I was getting no where with it…..Now that I see it as a hard copy in front of my….I know the train is moving…but it is just happening so slowly.
My Grandmother did not like living Canada
My Granny before I was born, use to live with my mom and Dad to help raise us. Apparently one day she had a conversation with my Mom, telling my mom that she was going back to Jamaica to live. My mom recounts my Granny saying something like “….Jamaica is my home….I’m not gonna let Canada kill me…” or “…Im not gonna let Canada work me to death..!” Some how she got a piece of land in Jamaica and that is where our family home sits today. As I am writing this I feel said because I know every part of what my Granny spoke to my Mom on that day is true. When I use to visit my Granny in Jamaica, her and my Grandpa were so at piece. Could you imagine, having your own property, and never having to move. Waking up to the hot sun and the rooster call every morning. What a nice life. I want that life too.
My biggest Nay sayer is Mom
My biggest naysayer is my Mother. Sometimes I wonder if she is afraid of my success. She has way too much passion behind her response to me every time I say I want to move there. It’s almost like she sees in my something she wished she had. She can come up with huge reasons why I should not do it. One thing I have in my mind is…”God, please do not let me die on Canadian soil!” I want to die in Jamaica. That was also something my Granny use to tell my mom….lol So my Mothers biggest argument is….those people want to rob you as a foreigner. Like give me a break, you dress like you have nothing obviously, which I don’t…and dont flash gold or silver jewelry around…and you will be fine…..show the people who you have nothing you of value. Even if I do make money it wont be tun of money. I will only sell Rastafari and Jamaican colored jewelry for goodness sakes. How enticing can that be for someone who wants to rob someone…I mean really. And I am a girl. Like calm down mom, and stop dumping your own insecurities me.
My heart is in Jamaica too!
I just feel like every day when I wake up and walk down the street, that this, is not my rightful home. It has every bit to do with what I feel in my heart. The good thing about it is this is not motivated by any other person such as a boyfriend or pressure from parents, so therefore, I know this is purely my desire.
I know once I touch down in Jamaica for the first time by my self as an adult, I am gonna wonder “what the hell took me so long?” That is not good, its like wasting time, and being completely aware of it.
What about Failure in J.A.?
I don’t really think about Failure when I think of moving to Jamaica, because I feel any thing I do in Jamaica, anything that does or does not work out for me, will be a “win win!” Why, because I will have hot whether and the beach to visit, more Rastafari men and women to relate to, and my own culture surrounding me 2 hours a day 7 days a week. For me as a Rasta, those things are priceless. So what do you think based on all you have Just read, should I move to Jamaica?
For those of you who don’t know, roots and culture is a feeling. that’s the best way I can put it. As a Caribbean rasta woman roots and culture is what I love. So what is it really? It’s a love of things Caribbean and a love of things African. Hence the roots, hence the culture. Roots and culture includes but not limited to, anything…
So, basically roots and culture,is a celebration of African heritage and Caribbean culture,sounds beautiful doesn’t it?
I have one regret in life!
That I didn’t live my life more roots and culture. The fun I would have had. I did have a lot of fun growing up, but it wasnt from the heart. Thinking back, I always got a good feeling listening to Bob Marley reggae music, and other Jamaican rasta artist on the radio sunday nights. But that’s about the only celebrating of my roots and my culture I ever did. Let me tell you, I celebrate every day now, in all that I do, from wearing rasta colored accessories, to blogging on this roots and culture website, to writing a book on how to become Rastafari. Now my whole life is Rastafari.
buy jamaican colored items
looking to buy some cool jamaican colored, items, me too. I am rasta this is important to me. In a way I guess I wasnt willing to give other rasta shops a chance. Well ok not really like that. As a rasta woman I have an idea in my head of what I want to buy. We rasta do this naturally, so instead of searching for it. I figured why not just make them my self. I enjoy it. So now i figured why not share my jamaican colored items with the world online. I also have rasta colored jewelry too. I just like looking at them, creating them, then sharing them with other Rastas and other people who love roots and culture. Life is good when you do what you love. More jamaican accessories and more rasta accessories. Oh Jah you love me and I love you.
jamaican products and accessories, yellow black and green
To me there is no separation between jamaican products and rasta products they are separate but the same. Many Rastafarians come from Jamaica, and so we celebrate the two hand in hand. To be more specific, jamaican products, due to the jamaican flag colors are yellow black and green, and rasta products are red yellow and green, to reflect the Rastafarian flag, but really they stand for the same thing, love and unity for all people.
jamaican flag, bracelets, and necklaces
Many people love the jamaican flag as much as I do. I feel it is the most beautiful flag of all. The gorgeous yellow x, with the green and black triangles at the sides and at the tops. That flag was made so balanced and so beautiful. Many people wear this gorgeous symbol on their t-shirts, hats, back packs, bracelets, almost anything that can have the jamaican flag on it, does exist today. I own some jamaican flag colored bracelets (black yellow and green) and necklaces my self. If you like mine you can purchase them for sale on my other blog.
jamaican flag and rasta flag in roots and culture
The jamaican flag and rasta flag are two of the biggest symbols in roots and culture. Rasta people have a special feeling for these two Caribbean flags. When i look at the jamaican flag I see and feel strength, and victory, of the people of jamaica. When I look at the rasta flag, I see unity, peace and love of the African land. These two flags are displayed proudly in my living room, and any rasta knows these symbols more than any thing represent the rasta heart, rasta peace and rasta love for all humanity.
buy rasta, bob Marley accessories
Most of the world became aware of rasta and Rastafari through bob Marley. Many people are under the impression that rasta colors are a celebration of bob Marley. This is incorrect, Rasta colors are a celebration of Rastafari and Bob Marley. You see Rastafari way of life, has always been, even before Bob Marley became a mega Reggae music star. It is the fact that Bob Marley also followed Rastafari spirituality, and wore the rasta colors, that makes people think, that he started Rastafari. But rasta religion for lack of a better word, existed before bob. Many rasta are still around today and still wearing rasta colors as a salute to their spiritual beliefs, and yes to the late great bob Marley too. Looking to buy some great bob Marley accessories, and bob Marley stuff, check out my other rasta blog website.
my rasta website / blog, diary???
Please understand this Rastafari website was started as an online diary, so you will find some of my rants, some of my feelings from my heart, some of my deepest love thoughts and love for Jah(God), here, and just some things I wrote for fun. But, I soon learned people actually want to read some of this stuff, who knew, so I started to share my heart with you even more, and what I found was you guys are sharing your heart with me too. Thank you for that I love you all. Jah Rastafari.
Rastafarian shop, in person and online
It’s hard to find a good Rastafarian shop online or in your own city. This is why many people searching for roots and culture items turn to the internet. I am rasta and I know how hard it can be to find the items you want in the style that you want them. You see rasta have a certain feeling. They want to feel good about the items they buy on many so many different levels. Because I understand this, and I want to serve my self too. I started my own rasta shop online. The funny thing is this all started because I wanted to share my spiritual feelings about being a rasta woman with the world, because it is very special and very important. Check out my rasta shop! Its located at http://shop.jamaicanrastafarianlove.com I love you all, I hope you enjoyed this, bye for now. Jah Rastafari Lives. For information on where to buy Rasta Hats online, click here
Rastafarian hats are beautiful, I own four….I wrote this article for those who are interested in learning more or for those who are looking to buy a real rasta hat online.
What is the meaning of the Rasta hat?
The Rastafarian hat itself doesn’t really have a meaning. Rasta men, and rasta women where the rasta hat to cover their dreadlocks. Rasta tams, as they are also known, have been popularized by the late great Bob Marley. A Rastafarian singer of the late 70s out of Jamaica. The Rasta hat is good for keeping long hair up, and out of the face. Rastafarian hats are also stylish, and very comfortable.
Rasta hats have many names…..
rasta hats have many names….for various reasons.
Dreadlocks Hats– because many people with long locks use them to keep the hair up and free from lint
Rastafarian Hats – because these hats have been made popular by Rastafarians.
Rasta Tams – rasta tams is another name. Many Jamaican Rastafarians call there dreadlocks hats a “rasta tam”
Rasta Hats – most commonly knows as rasta hats
Bob Marley Hats – they are also known as bob Marley hats because bob Marley wore these hats, when he wanted to cover his dreadlocks
Rastafarian Tams – combination of the two words
Jamaican Hats – also known as jamaican hats because many Rastas come from the beautiful island of jamaica
Reggae Hats – rasta man popularized reggae music and so it sometimes called a reggae hat.
Just remember these make reference to the same thing. A big hat
To me a Rasta hat has the Rasta colors, or stripes as they are known. Other wise it would just be a big had, or whats known as a dread cap. All things that have red yellow and green on them are Rastafari. At least, through the eyes of a Rasta. No Rasta colors, then it’s not Rasta.
Great for covering all types of long hair
Rastafarian hats are great for covering all types of long hair. You don’t have to be rasta to own one. Many people like to sport their rasta hat on days when they don’t feel like doing their hair. The rasta colors, on your rasta tam, make the out fit fun, and a good conversation peace. Many people associate these beautiful colors with Bob Marley, and associate Bob Marley with peace and love, so to own a rasta hat is a good thing all around. You can buy a Rastafarian hat for sale, by clicking here.
Why do Rastafarians cover their hair?
The reason Rastafarians cover their dreadlocks is simple. Its spiritual. We cover our hair to keep it clean. We also cover our hair to honor our spirituality. Many people know a Rasta man or a Rasta woman, by the jamaican hat, or by our long dreadlocks. Keeping our hair covered , by wearing a rasta tam, means people can identify us, and we keep our dreadlocks free of lint and air pollutants when we are out and about. To read more on why Rastas cover their hair click her.
What is the meaning of the Rastafarian hat stripes?
Are you looking for a cool rasta hat store, or rasta shop in your city? Do a search on google! Just type Rasta hat+ (your city name) Many of us prefer to shop in person rather than online. Plus we like to shop around for various Rasta hat prices before we buy. A Rasta hat can range anywhere from $10 – $80 dollars depending on the style and make. Remember Rasta tams come in leather, wool and other materials. Also keep in mind that most are hand-made and therefore the person who made the hat must also be paid. Leather Rasta hats are usually the ones that are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, and they are well worth the price. I don’t own a leather rasta hat yet, but as soon as my locks get long enough I will own one.
Here is a list of Rasta stores online, and rasta shops online, where you can buy rasta hats…
click here –>a great reggae shop, that caters to the rastafari community www.iyahroots.com – nice real rasta hats, and rasta accessories
click here –> this is a canadian rasta shop out of montreal, they have some great rasta tams for long dreadlocks or very long hair http://www.jahone.com/accessories-hats.html – This link is great if you have very long dread locks or long hair…
Rastafarians have more than one way of covering the hair. Some of us choose to wear a hair wrap, some of us choose to wear our rasta tam, and some of us choose to wear a really big rasta hat that will hold and cover our hair. If you don’t have a lot of money and are desperate to cover your locks you can always use an old t-shirt. Not a white one but maybe a black one. If you work in an environment that needs you to keep your locks up and neatly tucked away….you can always go with a pair of old nylons. I like to use a womans head scarf sometimes. They are really for covering the neck, but they come in so many colors and sizes I cant help but to use them to cover my locks from time to time too.
Any hat can be a tam really
I have some hats I use as a Rasta Tam, on my off days. Like Monday mornings for example when I just have to put on some clothing cause it wont look right going out in my pajamas. So I throw on a took. But if you want to boast that you have a rasta hat like the ones Bob Marley use to wear then it better have those rasta colored stripes.
Sorry to report my Rasta Flag shop has no Rasta hats at this time. But we will have more rasta flag, and jamaican flag paraphernalia soon. I mean some really cool stuff. So check back. I have the real rasta flag with the lion. Not the little lion…the really big lion of Judah in the middle touching all the 3 rasta colored stripes. When I look at my flag, I feel strength, and love. To buy your very own big rasta lion flag click her.
Rastafarians have their own black God, his name is Emperor Haile Selassie. He was born in Ethiopia in 1892, and was crowned emperor, of Ethiopia in 1930. The story of Selassie is an interesting one. There are DVDs that you can watch to learn more. I will give a brief explanation here.
Many Rastafarians say it is outlined in the bible, the birth of Emperor Haile Selassie and the fact that he is God. In the bible it says, ” he will be called…The king of kings, lord or lords, conquering lion of the tribe of Judah,” apparently Selassie is of the tribe of Judah because of the time he was born, which is under the sign of leo, the lion, (the tribe of Judah). There is a lot more cool facts that line up to Selassie being a reincarnation of our lord. Do I believe it myself? Yes, I do. When I found out he could pet lions without being mauled, (even though they were his person pets) I was convinced. I believe you need t have something special inside of you to be able to do this.
Do Rastafarians believe in Jesus Christ?
Yes, there are some Rastas who do believe in Jesus Christ. They call him by the name “Yesus Christos.” I my self am not a “facts rasta” so I can’t really tell you much else about this. what I can tell you is that a lot of Jamaican Rastafarians are raised christian before embracing themselves as Rasta. Therefore, many Rastas read the Christian bible, including my self. In fact I consider the Christian bible to be a spring board into my accepting my self as Rasta. Rastas dont have anything against Christianity or any other religion. We are just different in the sense that we know what we know, and what we know is the truth, there for we cannot deny, our rasta spiritual knowing.
Rasta Colors and the Ethiopian (Rasta) Flag
We rasta get our rasta colors from the real true rasta flag, which is the original flag of Ethiopia, and had the lion on it. I believe somebody changed it, from the lion to a yellow star on a blue background, because just like they smashed off the nose of the sphinx, this is an attempt to try to hide the truth. The lion is a clear symbol of strength, and just to see that flag, no matter who you are, you know there is something very strong, and very special about it. You can buy one at my rasta flag shop. here at www.rasta-flags-shop.com
What do the history books say about the war on Ethiopia?
Many books say that Mussolini declared war on Ethiopia, in order to colonize it, like the rest of Africa had been successfully colonized by outsiders at that time, and that Mussolini won the war. This is not true. Selassie and his army won the fight. Let me bring you up to speed in case you don’t know, like I didn’t at one point.
The proofis in thepudding!
There was a time when all of Africa was called Ethiopia. Africa kept on being colonized by outsiders,over and over again until there was only a small piece of land left, which is where Emperor Haile Selassie lived. When Mussolini declared war on Ethiopia in order to colonize it. Selassie being a king, had the resources (army) to go to war in order to defend the part of Africa where he resided. When the war was over, it was still called Ethiopia, because Mussolini was unsuccessful in his attempt to colonize this remainder of Africa. Just by the sheer fact that Ethiopia has its original name, and not a name given to it by its colonizers tells you that, Selassie and his troops won the war. A friend of mine forced me to watch the DVD, which I will try to make available to you as well. On my website. For now please read more about the the war between the Italy and Ethiopia here.
For some Rasta God has no Face and no Name
For some Rasta, God has no face and no name God is a spirit. That makes sense too. But maybe it was all true at some point. Maybe there is God, then he sent Selassie to defend the African Land. God was in Selassie so to speak, so at that time God was black. Then when Selassie was no more Selassie. (some say he is still alive) then he became a spirit, without a face. Personally, I believe Selassie is God or a reincarnation so to speak, but this is a Rasta woman, with all her rasta thoughts and feelings perspective.
I love H.I.M and I love my self. I am African
I love the story of Emperor Haile Selassie, His Imperial Majesty. I love my self too. I am african and I am proud.
Is God Black?
I don’t know if God is black, I have never met him. In the bible jesus is described as being someone “of color.” With his hair “like lambs wool,” and his feet the color of “brass” (sorry guys I don’t remember exactly) but it sounds to me like someone from egypt, and this type of Egyptian have hair like black folks, and tanned to dark-colored skin. “Sizzla,” (a popular reggae music artist) has a song called “no white god” here it is for you to listen to.
Watch this next video and learn why Rastafarians pay respect to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia as God. This is an interview with popular reggae artist Sizzla, discussing Rastafari.
Bob Marley said “We are all One”
Bob Marley sang in one of his songs… “One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright..!” We are all one whether we want to be or not, we are. We may be different in color, different by birth country, but the rest is all the same. We, should be more focused on our similarities than our differences, I think we would all be happier if we did that.
As long as your God teaches love, unity, and respect I don’t care what color you think of him to be, I am on board. The East indians have Gandhi, he was about peace, The Asians have the Dalai Lama, he also represents a peaceful spirituality, The Christians have jesus, he believed in loving your enemies and leaving oppressors to God. We Rasta have Emperor Haile Selassie and he called for unity among all nations, regardless of skin color or class. Looking to buy an Emperor Haile Selassie Flag…click here!
Many “Rasta man or Rastafarians, usually men, are seen wearing dreadlocks, “Rasta Tams”, “Rasta hats”, or “Rasta wear“, smoking weed, chanting, saying things like “irie” There is a lot more to any true Rasta man beyond the obscurity. Rastaman believe in God. For many, this is a hard fact to swallow. How can someone who looks so different believe in something that is so common, and so simple? The reason is Rastafarians take a very down to earth, realistic, natural approach to loving God. We know that God is in the unseen, therefore, we dress a little different because we understand what is spiritually important, and what is not.
Rastafarians do not have beliefs. There are no hard and fast rules to this culture, this way of life, this spirituality. We have values and principles, that we hold dear to our hearts and try to instill in our children. Here is a list of just some of the Rastafarian values.
God adherence to the rules of the bible
one love for all races
unity for all mankind
appreciation and respect for all forms of life
These are the main beliefs or values of the Rastafarian culture. From these we get all the other values as well.
Once again the answer is very simple. We Rastafarians do not have any hard and fast rules regarding marriage or anything else really. We believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that we can marry if we want to, or not. In Rastafarian relationships, we do not place a lot of emphasis on marriage. Simply because we believe a marriage does not make a relationship. We know a commitment to be with someone comes from the heart of that person, not a piece of paper with their signature on it.
Rastafari the religion…not a religion at all???
The Rastafarian religion is something I hold very dear to my heart. I am pleased to share my knowledge with others who want to learn about Rastafari and the word of God. Lets get started. “Rastafari” is not a “religion.” I must make that very clear. We do not follow a strict set of rules laid out for us written in a book somewhere. The only book we follow and believe in is “the bible” We read the same bible that people of “christian” faith believe in.
Therefore Rastafari is a “way of life!” It is a daily choice to follow our hearts and live the life we can feel, sense and know, “jah” (god) wants us to live.
Rasta hats popularized by Bob Marley
Rasta hats have become very popular now a days. Bob Marley popularized the “Rasta hat” back in the late 70s and early 80s when he would sing live, or appear on album covers wearing the Rasta man hat. Red, yellow and green, proudly displayed. Many of his fans soon quickly followed. Now the Rasta hat is worn by many, Rastafarians and non Rastafarians alike as a way of showing a down to earth, naturalist lifestyle. Click here if you are looking for a place to buy rasta hats.
The many ethnic backgrounds of Rastafari
Rastafari is a spirituality of the heart. There for there are many Rastafarians who are not black, and who live all around the world. Rastafari is for everyone. As long as you have a love of god, a love for people of all races, a belief of kindness and peace towards your fellow-man, then maybe you could be or you are Rastafarian your self. Here is 10 Questions to know if Rastafari is right for you.
Many Reggae Music artists of Jamaica are Rastafarians
Reggae music is a big part of Rastafari. “They move together.” Rastafari needs reggae, reggae needs Rastafari. These two feed off each other. There have been so many hit reggae singers out of jamaica who were and are Rastafarian. You have Capleton, Damian Marley, and Sizzla to name a few. Of past you have Mr. Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk, and Jacob Miller, all these guys are my favorites. Rastafarians are a big part of reggae music culture, and jamaican culture.
It is my firm belief that rastafarian couples have some of the most sound relationships. Why? Because they have a commonality, or love understanding, and commitment, which stems from their belief in God. Now I am speaking of Jamaican rastafarians. This is what I am, this is what I am familiar with.marriage advice rastafari tips and advice for men and women
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50% of american marriages end in divorce – this is what the stats say
This is a fact and maybe that percentage has actually grown since the last time I checked. This is often because the ingredients were not there in the first place to make the marriage a success. What are the ingredients of successful marriage? From my spiritual perspective….
Which brings me to my next question. How many people actually fulfill their marital obligations. Now this is tricky question. There are spiritual marital obligations, social marriage obligations and the unspoken marital obligations. This is why I personally don’t believe that strongly in marriage. There is so much that gets mixed up, and things that shouldnt be the priority are, sometimes people feel pressured the moment they get married and a partner becomes disappointed because an obligation was not fulfilled.
Many Rastafarians stay single for long periods of time between relationships and would rather be “picked up” than do the picking up themselves. This im guessing is because they see the world differently and rarely look at non rastafarians as someone to settle down with.
many of my views here are based on the fact that I am female, and that I am a dread, and that I cannot be with a non rasta man. I know many rastafarian men who are very willing to date women who are not dreads, however there too exists those who are not.
rastafarians with other rastafarians
Many rastas like to date and settle down with other rastafarians. Marriage to us is the fact that we are with this person, committed to the relationship, and sharing our selves with this person in a way we do not with others. Please note, I am a jamaican rasta, so my views are different from those of say, an american rasta.
I cannot date someone outside of my rasta spiritual beliefs
It is difficult for me, as a dread, to date outside of my spiritual beliefs. I absolutely cannot do it! Even if I tried, I could not do it. As a rastafarian women, to have a rastfarian man in my life is extremely important. Not because this is part of some written doctrine, but because I need to be with someone who understands me through and through. My spirituality is a very important part of who I am. I want to share this aspect of my self with another dread, and him sharing his self with me. Most rastafarian women of Jamaican heritage feel this way.
relationships of yesterday can effect marriages of today
I feel western society is spoiled, and when you have had many partners in your life time, people cannot see their partners anymore. Sometimes we only see what we want our partners to be. So we go for an upgrade. Sometimes this means a divorce, sometimes it means extra marital affairs, sometimes it means somebody younger, slimmer, with more money. The point is we need to start accepting the one we are with as the one we chose. And allow that person to be who they are. Is god a part of your marriage?
Is god a part of your marriage or relationship?
Is god a part of your marriage or relationship? The difference between a rastafarian couple having a relationship and a non rastafarian couple is, the way we love god is constant. We stay true to his teachings and the rules of the bible. We make love num#1 in all things we do daily. Love all things as creations of God and perhaps your relationships and or marriage, will be a lot healthier!A marriage should be about love, understanding and communication…this is the basis for a good healthy bond…rastafari! don’t get married, unless you both really want to here are some pointers for a healthy happy relationship…
make honesty a priority no matter what the subject
decide to stay commited to the relationship
share bible verses and bible readings together
put god first.
If you are dating a rastafarian…
If you have the privilege of dating a rastafarian man or woman, you are a “lucky son of a …..” Really, i mean that… you most likely have someone who is 100 % committed to the relationship and who loves you like no other will. Rastafarians can be, and are pure love in human form. Not only that, chances are they see you the way god sees you. It doesn’t get better than that.
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love appreciation and respect for god on the part of both parties
same spiritual beliefs without one having to convert to the others religion
same beliefs about love and relationships
friendship within the relationship
lots of communication
learning about god together on a regular basis
commitment to never give up on the relationship
getting married for love only and not for self fulfillment
Marriage – a rastafarian perspective
Do rastafarians believe in marriage? We don’t make a big deal about getting married, but most of us who are involved in serious relationships with people who are say, christian, or catholic ( non Rastafarians) we have very little issue with getting married if it’s what will make our partner happy. The success any relationship, Rastafarians believe, is a healthy loving relationship is about the commitment of the 2 people involved, from the heart.
what does it really mean to get married?
My question as a rastafarian woman to the people reading this is…what does it really mean to get married anyway? It doesn’t come with any “guarantees”. Relationships should be a bout love and only love. I feel many people who get married now a days, do so for reasons other than just love.
list of some of wrong reasons a couple might get married
all their friends are married
for financial gain from the marriage
to be able to say, “I am married”
to have their own wedding
to feel more secure in the relationship
to prevent child rearing out-of-wedlock
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