Rastafarian Language: Rasta Words
Thank you for taking the time to read my list of Rastafarian words and their meaning. I will update it as much as I can. If you are wondering about any words you have heard Rasta’s say, just leave it in the comments. Blessed.
- Rasta Words
- How to speak like a Rasta
- Rastafarian language
16 of the most commonly used words/phrases in Rastafari Culture :
- Ital – Clean and Natural as in “Ital food,”
- Blessed Love – Have a pleasant day
- Zion – Heaven/Ethiopia
- Jah – God, The Most High
- Bless Up – Think Positive, Whats up?
- Up Up – A blessing of positivity
- Fya Bun – Get rid of that, it is of Babylon
- Judgement – Gods wrath
- Youths – Children
- King – Rastaman
- Queen – Rastawoman
- I and I – Me in the Physical, Me in the spiritual
- Jah Rastafari – God & King Selassie I
- HIM – His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I
- Give thanks – Give thanks to the creator for he is good
- Babylon – Hell/This World
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I had to write this. For those who are puzzled by this….this blog was originally a diary of mijne. I have been playing this video alot because there is a Rastaman in it who does not twist in his dreadlocks and it makes me feel like I am looking at home…and ok ….it turns me on…lol…not his hair but his beard. Who cares. There are some days I feel sad…cause trying to live your life Rastafari after living as a regular person for 32 years is not easy. I am making new friends, learning what they like what they dont like. Learning new lingo, how to say it properly. Like my ex boyfriend wanted me to stop saying God. And rightfully so! Now I say Jah. I can only include the link sorry…http://youtu.be/TfyvSM-6c14
My Jamaican guy made me mad…and sad…
Any way….I am giving my life an over haul and this has not been an easy road. The silver lining in All of this is my book “how to become a Rasta”…which will be printed (I have decided) by the end of september. First I have to create “the proof” and look it over, then the real thing. I know that will make me feel better amongst the sadness. Just last night was a ruff night for me. You know those nights when you just pick everything apart and then place them under a negative light…yeah thats what I was doing. Ok the truth is alot of why I am sad has to do with my Jamaican man. But I give up, I cant be bothered too much work.
Im gonna called god….
I was talking to my friend on the phone two nights ago. We were talking about how when you give up on something thats when it goes through for you. I am finished the victim phase of my life, and entering the I am responsible for me phase. Back to my phone conversation with my friend. I told him the next guy that approaches me Im just gonna interrupt hm mid sentence and tell him “I dont have a vagina, so maybe you should talk to somebody else” Just to make him not talk to me. Oh boy, we got a good laugh out of that. I also told him about a thgouht I had earlier that day. A joke I made with my self “Im gonna call God and tell him to take his Vagina back cause I am not using it…..!” You know sort of like how you call the phone company and return the cable box. I dont know what I am writing. Thats it by for now.
I just want my heart to be happy…
All I want is to find my other half. I dont believe Jah the Almighty creator made me to be by my self, but to be a Rasta woman and find a True born Rasta man in western society is not easy. I want a man that is the height and cuteness of Dennis brown….lol with the patience and under standing of Jah. Is that too much to ask for? I guess it is. I want to move to Jamaican because I know everything that is making me sad here will no longer be an issue there. But no bodys life is issue free, Im sure once I move to Jamaica there iwll be something else to deal with. So, really I am just exchanging one set of problems for another. Oh jah guide and protect us. Ok so maybe its not like that. My heart will finally have the happiness it deserves in Jamaica. I have to experience to know….or die from the inside out …here in Canada. *sigh*
Can I give Rastafari back….?
I cant give Rastafari back, it is for life….so what should I do….so many aspects of it cannot be replaced by any amount of money. But to be a rasta woman is not easy…there arnt many like me…I should be honored right. Maybe I am getting up too close with a magnifiying glass. I just always think my life would be better in jamaica. I could be so wrong. Just imagine….
- I could meet and talk to another Rastafari person every day!
- I would hear reggae music played by other people not only me
- I could make friend with other Rasta women
- I could have 3 rasta boyfreinds. (my christian Nigeran friend is totally against this)
- I could eat Jamaican food every day….
- I could visit the beach 2 times a week if I want….
- I could learn to speak patois…
- I could dance outside on the beach while dancing to roots and culture music….
I really am whining arnet I? I should jsut move to jamaica already, or at least try it out for 3 weeks or so…see if I like it… see how the people respond to the western girl with dreadlocks….lol…they can smell that I am not from there….lol If i move to Jamaica…I will fall in love and never come back here. Why would any body want to be here. Oh yes that thing called money!!!!! duhhhh thats why….which reminds me…guys my rasta jewelry will be coming soon and you can actually purchase it on my other blog….any way…..life….full of ups and downs….lessons and ease. I learn that in astrology. Well, while I was studying astrology. Maybe my life is hard because I am soppose to make a change, like a move, like to Jamaica. hmm…that will make sense to those it makes sense to…whatever im done whining…
Why do Rasta cover thier Drea
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Female Rasta and What the bible says about Covering the hair
I cover my hair because as a female Rasta, I feel more beautiful with my hair covered. I also like the fact that I am embracing my African heritage when I where a hair wrap, to cover my hair. Lately I have been showing my dreadlocks and that makes me feel pretty too! The bible says “a woman should not prophesy or pray without her head covered, other wise she disrespects her head.” I cover my hair every night before going to sleep. I do prophesy, but only with my family and my hair is never “open” around them. lol.
Rastas Cover their dreadlocks to Keep the hair Clean
Rastafarians cover their hair to keep their hair clean. There are many pollutants in the air…hair does get quite dirty being exposed. Rastas also cover the hair to keep the locks free of “lint.” When you have dreadlocks you must take care to prevent unwanted particles from becoming lodged in the dreadlock. This is the biggest reason we Rasta cover our hair.
Our Dreadlocks are spiritual and “Holy”
For us Rasta, our hair, (our dreadlocks) are spiritual and holy. We show spiritual respect for our hair by keeping it covered. There are many interactions we have in our day-to-day life. For a Ras, there are some things we would just not rather our hair be in contact with. Also others may not have as much respect for our hair as we do. To avoid conflict, we keep our hair covered.
Rastafari spirituality is about keeping things “pure and clean”
Rastafari is all about keeping many things pure and clean, which I talk more about in my Rastafari book. We keep just about everything pure and clean. I am talking about Jamaican rasta here. That is the only type of Rastafari I know about. Keeping the hair clean is in the same bracket as not smoking cigarettes, and not drinking alcohol, and not eating meat, according to Rastafari beliefs and values.
Our hair gets very long and covering it makes it more manageable
Rasta dreadlocks get very long. We cover our hair to keep the hair neatly maintained and from preventing coming into contact with things “unclean.”
Do Rasta children have to cover their hair too?
Typically rasta children do not cover their hair. but if they want to, they can.
Our hair is very personal, therefore we cover it to keep it personal
Something is personal and spiritual when you keep it to your self. Our Spirituality is about our connection to “the Most High”. In Rastafari our hair is a very special part of that connection. We keep our hair covered to honor the most high, and to increase spiritual awareness.
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Contemplation and meditation while awake
Meditation is something that is personal and usually done alone in quiet areas. Keeping our hair covered is a constant meditation, or spiritual “connectedness” for some Ras. By reserving a piece of who we are, we feel spiritual and meditative.
What is the meaning behind Rastas dreadlocks?
Rastas wear their hair in dreadlocks to honor the creator. We wear the locks to show our commitment to the most high and as a symbol of our spiritual self. Locks have a much deeper meaning than what is written here. But I can’t really find the words to express it because it rests so deep inside me. But the above explanation should do.
How often to Rasta wash their dreads?
Rastas Wash their hair just like every body else. I wash mine once a week to 2 times a week. Some times I wash my hair every two weeks. Just because we have dreads it doesn’t mean we “don’t wash our hair”, or “can’t wash our hair”. In fact many Jamaican Rastafarians like to keep their hair exceptionally clean. Once again this is one of our spiritual values and beliefs.
How long does rasta hair take to dread?
Rasta Dreadlocks can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to dread. Most of this depends on if the hair is covered on a daily basis,what types of Shampoo is being used, and whether or not the hair is being covered at night when the person is sleeping, and also, the individual hair texture. To learn more about how to get dreadlocks, click this link.
Do Dreadlocks and Marijuana go hand in hand in Rastafari ?
No you don’t have to smoke Marijuana just because you have locks, or just because you are Rasta. Rasta smoke marijuana in the same fashion that some smoke cigarettes-for stress relief, or for relaxation. Dreadlocks and marijuana do not go hand in hand in Rastafari.
Can I be a Rasta too?
Anybody can follow the way of life that Rastafarians do. Rastas do not smoke cigarettes, we do not drink alcohol, and we are vegetarian. If you do these things, and believe in equal rights and justice for all regardless of class, income, or education level, then you are Rasta. Read more here on how to become Rastafari.
- How to choose your Rasta name – Rasta Meditation
- Natural health and healing – 7 Ital Food Recipes
- Empress Menen and King Selassie I – Bible Teachings
- King Speeches – spirituality – How to Get Dreadlocks