rastafari movement

Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education. But, “MAN CAN NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE” Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man’s intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.
~Jah Rastafari

Soul Rebel
Bob Marley
Soul Rebel

MARLEY WAS RIGHT | HIS WORDS JUSTIFY THE LIFESTYLE

I’m a rebel, soul rebel
I’m a capturer, soul adventurer

See the morning sun, 
On the hillside
not living good, travel wide

Said I’m a living man
I’ve got work to do
If you’re not happy, children
Then you must be blue
Must be blue, people say

I’m a rebel, let them talk,
Soul rebel, talk won’t bother me
I’m a capturer, that’s what they say
Soul adventurer, night and day
I’m a rebel, soul rebel
Do you hear them lippy
I’m a capturer, gossip around the corner
Soul adventurer. How they adventure on me

But, see the morning sun, 
On the hillside
not living good, travel wide

Said I’m a living man
I’ve got work to do
If you’re not happy, then you must be blue

I’m a rebel, soul rebel
I’m a capturer, soul adventurer
Do you hear me
I’m a rebel, rebel in the morning
Soul rebel, rebel at midday time

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85 years ago, on 2nd November 1930, after the death of Empress Zewditu, Ras Tafari was crowned Negusa Nagast, literally King of Kings, rendered in English as Emperor. Upon his ascension, he took as his regnal name Haile Selassie I. Haile means in Ge'ez “Power of” and Selassie means trinity—therefore Haile Selassie roughly translates to “Power of the Trinity”. Haile Selassie’s full title in office was “By the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God”. This title reflects Ethiopian dynastic traditions, which hold that all monarchs must trace their lineage to Menelik I, who in the Ethiopian tradition was the offspring of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

To Ethiopians, Haile Selassie has been known by many names, including Janhoy, Talaqu Meri, and Abba Tekel. The Rastafari movement employs many of these appellations, also referring to him as Jah or Jah Rastafari.

Jamaica in Amharic - The Sacred Language of Rastafari.

ጃማይካ (Jamaica) in አማርኛ (Amharic), by Jordan Engel

The Rastafari movement is a faith which began in ጃማይካ (Jamaica) in the 1930s. Though Jamaicans primarily speak an English-African Creole language known as Patois, many Rastafari learn Amharic, a Semitic language from Ethiopia, as a second language, as they consider it to be a sacred language. In fact, the word “Rastafari” comes from two Amharic words – ራስ (Ras – literally “head”), which is an Ethiopian title equivalent to prince or chief, and ተፈሪ (Tafari – the given name of Haile Selassie at birth). ኪንግስተን (Kingston) is the largest city on the island, which is surrounded by ካሪቢያን ባሕር (The Caribbean Sea).

Reggae is a music genre which developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. It is based on ska (an earlier form of Jamaican popular music) and is most easily recognized by the rhythmic accents on the off-beat. This music style became popular internationally in the 1970s, especially in Britain, the United States, and Africa.

Reggae songs aimed to raise the political consciousness of the audience through their politicized lyrics that addressed social and economic injustice. Common topics were anti-racism, anti-colonialism, ani-capitalism, black nationalism, Rastafari movement (which encourages the relocation of the African diaspora to Africa and deifies the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I), and the effects of poverty. Many reggae songs also promote the use of cannabis, which is considered a sacrament in the Rastafari movement. Reggae’s biggest star remains Bob Marley.