- Yes, Rastafarians have their own black God.
- His name is Emperor Haile Selassie, or King Selassie I.
- He was born in Ethiopia on July 23 1892.
- He was crowned emperor, of Ethiopia on November 2nd 1930.
- ON That same date his wife Empress Menen was Crowned Queen of Ethiopia.
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.
Rasta Say King Selassie I Birth is in the Bible
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. Rasta don’t 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 Colour’s and the Ethiopian (Rasta) Flag, and God of Rasta
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.
What do the history books say about the war on Ethiopia? (Rasta God of Ethiopia)
Many books say that Mussolini declared war on Ethiopia, in order to colonise it, like the rest of Africa had been successfully colonised 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.
Rastafarian God: The proof is in the pudding!
There was a time when all of Africa was called Ethiopia. Africa kept on being colonised 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 colonise 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 colonise this remainder of Africa. Just by the sheer fact that Ethiopia has its original name, and not a name given to it by its colonisers 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 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.
Is God Really 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.
Rastafarian God Represents Peace and Unity
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 as our God, and he called for unity and love among all nations, regardless of skin color or class.