Rastafari as a Non African
As stated earlier Rastafari is a way of life, that is rooted in African Culture and Traditions. Because Rastafarian is of Jah, people of all Nations may embrace the Faith of Rastafari. How should you embrace this faith as a non-African? There are a few guidelines to be aware of. A Few boxes that must get ticked, in order that we keep within the principles of the Rastafari.
Self-Awareness as Non African
Rastafari feels that the foundation of a man/woman must be strong in order to last and be strong. In other words in order to embrace this faith, you will need to start by learning about your own roots and culture. One of the principles of Rastafari is “Self Awareness”
Know Accomplishments of your own people
Connect spirituality to your own ancestors
Take pride in your own nation and appearance
Celebrate your people
Two Cultures to Be proud of..?
I became acquainted with one individual who felt it “ok” to learn as much as he could about Ethiopia and King Selassie I and Empress Menen, but did not feel it necessary to give the same respects to his own roots and culture. According to the principles of Rastafari, this is not allowed. It completely ignores the principle of “Self-awareness” and “self-Love.”
Rastafari does not ask Non Africans who embrace Rastafari to know African history and Culture and to ignore their own…to do such a thing is “Babylonian thinking!…It’s like me a black Jamaican African woman embracing the faith of Hinduism, and ignoring my own traditions culture, values and ancestry. Nonsense!
So if you want to embrace Rastafari as a non-African…
Principles of Rastafari
When you read the Principles of Rastafari with the Overstanding that Rastafari was…
1.created and implemented by Jah in heart of every Rasta men Rasta woman and Rasta child
2.to help and heal, the black nation out of Slavery, into freedom and independence,
3.to live as peaceably with other Nations,
4.Teach The black nation live clean in order to Enter Zion
…then you will acquire the “Spiritual Essence” of Rastafari.
The true light love and Guidance of the faith of Rastafari.
I have separated the Rastafari Principles into 3 major Categories, for Overstanding and Organization.
His name is “Jah”
“…Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the Heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”
– Psalms 68 vs. 4 King James Version
Who is Jah
Jah is the God of the Universe. There is only one God just as there is only one Universe. “God” does not exist. Only Jah!
What is the image of Jah ?
The image (vibration) or likeness of Jah is…