The Ras Tafari Movement – Ras tafari movement is an Ethiopian-Hebrew spirituality that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. It is sometimes described as a religion but is considered by many adherents to be a “Way of Life”. The Rasta way of life is sometimes referred to as “Rastafarianism”, but this term is considered derogatory and offensive by most Rastafari, who, being highly critical of “isms” That is why Rasta say Rastafari
Halie Selassie I as Jah – The name Rastafari is taken from “Ras Tafari,” the title (Ras) and first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before his coronation, (or his Baptism name)In Amharic, Ras, literally “head”, is an Ethiopian title equivalent to prince or chief, while the personal given name Täfäri (teferi) means one who is respected or feared.
Rastafari & Christianity – Ethiopian Christianity traces its roots to the Church the Coptic Church of Alexandria. Rastafari holds many Jewish and Christian beliefs and accepts the existence of a single trinity called “Jah”, who has sent his son to Earth in the form of Jesus (Yeshua) and made himself manifest as the person of Haile Selassie I. That is why many Rasta call Haile Selassie “Jah.”
Ethiopia as Zion or Heaven – Modern society of materialism, oppression, and sensual pleasures, is refered to as Babylon, in Rastafari. Rastafari People see Zion, in reference to Ethiopia, as the original birthplace of humankind, and from the beginning of the way of life calls for repatriation to Zion, the Promised Land of Heaven on Earth, which is Ethiopia.
Rastafari Worldwide – By the late twentieth century, awareness of the Rastafari movement had spread throughout much of the world, largely through interest generated by reggae music, especially the major international success of Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Marley. By 1997 there were, according to one estimate, around one million Rastafari faithful worldwide. Above is the “Lion of Judah” Flag the Symbol, of Ras tafari culture.