As a Rastafari woman the “Rasta Colors” have special and significant meaning for me. When I was young, very young, say 2 and 3 years old, my mother and father were running a reggae music store. Behind the counter hanging up on the wallwere these eye catching Rasta hats, Rasta belts and even sometimes Rasta t-shirts. I know it sounds weird that I could remember those things from such and early age but I do. The memories are very vivid in my mind. Perhaps the “Red Gold and Green” made those memories more playful in my mind.
What the Rasta Colors Represent
Now that I am older and know why I was born into that environment, the Rasta colors hold a deeper meaning for me. In general the red yellow and green worn in Rastafari signifies The blood shed of the African people, The sunshine of the African land, and the lush Greenery of the African continent. But for me its much more than that, much more than that. Should you follow the Rasta way of life? here is 10 questions to know.
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- Faithfulness to Jah
- Be Humble
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- Learn from Wisdom
- Friendship with others
- Sincerity and Self Control
Here is a more in depth list of the meaning of the Rasta Colors
- King Selassie I
What I see when I see Rasta Colors all together, as a Woman of Rastafari
When I look at the Rasta Colors all together, it means love, it means strength, it means a “recognition” of who I am as a woman of Rastafari. Jah made me and these colors signify his love for me and my love for him. I will where red Gold and Green for as long as the Most High has me on this planet.
How Rasta Identify Eachother on the Street
Many Rastafari people’s identify each other on the street by these colors. This is not on purpose, but it shows that we have the same love in our hearts for Jah, the same feels for our identity, and the same love and hope for humanity. I get excited when I meet another “dread” wearing red green and gold. Why, I don’t know, But I have learned from experience that what the most instructs me to do, I must do other wise there is a deep spiritual price to pay. I will Love my “Red Green and Gold” Forever. Now if I can just find a boyfriend that feels the same way as me I’ll be fine…lol
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The Ethiopian flag and Rastafari Colors
You could say we get these colors from the Ethiopian flag. I think this is true, however we feel these colors are significant from the heart. But if you are the type of person who likes facts, then the Ethiopian flag is where we get the design of these colors all together.
How do the Rasta colors make you feel? Do you get excited too? Do you love to see these colors together? I just recently bought my first Rastafari scarf with these Rasta spiritual colors on it. I feel it was something I should have added to my wardrobe a long time ago.
The correct order of the Rasta Colors
The correct order of the Rasta Colors is actually Red, then yellow and then green. Here is the explanation, straight from a book on flags. The People who are printing the Lion of Judah flag are printing it upside down…Rasta know this…
“Emperor Menilik II adopted Ethiopia’s, tricolor flag of horizontal stripes in 1897, in reverse order to todays flag. It changed to the present sequence in 1914.
The 3 Major Rasta Colors are….
- Green stands for the fertile land.
- Yellow represents religious freedom, while
- red symbolizes the blood shed in defending the country.
The Pan-African movement used the colors of Ethiopia, Africa’s oldest independent nation, to symbolize African unity. The central golden pentangle with four radiant rays was added in 1996. It represents equality for all Ethiopia’s people. It is set against a blue circle to denote peace and democracy.
According to legend, Menelik I, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, founded Ethiopia in c.1000 BC in ad 321, the kingdom of Axum introduced coptic Christianity. In 1930 Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned Emperor Haile Selassie.”
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