1.Haile Selassie I is the Living God
2.The African-American person is the reincarnation of ancient Israel, who, at the hand of the White person, has been in exile in Jamaica
3.The White person is inferior to the Black person
4.Jamaica is hell; Ethiopia is heaven
5.The Invincible Emperor of Ethiopia is now arranging for expatriated persons of African origin to return to Ethiopia
6.In the near future Blacks shall rule the world
7.The history of Rastafari begins with the colonization of Africa, or 'Ethiopia' as it is known to believers, by Europeans.
Modern Day Beliefs
1.The humanity of God and the divinity of man
2.God is found within every man.
3.God is in history.
4.Salvation on earth.
5.The supremacy of life.
6.Respect for nature.
7.The power of speech.
8.Evil is corporate
9.Judgement is near
10.The priesthood of Rastafarians
11.Rastafarians are the chosen people of God and are on earth to promote his power and peacefulness.
Rastafari holds many Christian beliefs like the existence of a God ("Jah"), who had sent his only son to Earth in the form of Jesus. Haile Selassie I, who was Ethiopia's regent and then emperor and was believed to be the reincarnation of Christ after he was crusified. Rastafari accept much of the Bible.
When and Why?
The European powers took many Africans as slaves, and the people of Africa were divided up and sent into exile as captives throughout the world. The areas of captivity became known as 'Babylon'.
For Africans this exile marked the defeat of their culture. However, Rastafarians believe that the suppression of blacks in Babylon is ending and that soon they will all return to 'Ethiopia'.
Rastafari is believed to have been established in Jamaica in 1935. It is explained that all blacks would gain the superiority over whites that had always been intended for them.
Some see Rastafari as more of a way of life based on the religions morals and key beliefs.
Followers and Holidays
Rastafari has about one million followers worldwide.
Ethiopian Christmas-January 7:
Ethiopian Christmas is marked by a large feast. The food eaten is vegetarian or vegan. During the feast prophecy and readings take place.
The religious story of Rastafari is very similar to the one that the Christians follow as you can tell by this photo.
Groundation Day-April 21:
Marks the date Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica in 1966. The visit was the only time the Emperor visited Jamaica.
Reenactment of the visit of Haile Selassie I's only visit Jamaica in 1966.
Rastafarians also use a majority of the bible. The other few scriptures are quotes form Haile Selassie I.