What Do Rastafarians BelievePublished May 30, 2003
Below are some of the main foundational beliefs of Rastafarians. The other articles will provide some of the other beliefs and standards
- Rastafarians believe that God is a spirit and that this spirit was manifested in King H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I.
- Rastafarians believe that Jesus was a direct descendant of King David and was black.
- Rastafarians believe that the Ethiopian Solomonic Dynasty is a direct representation of King David.
- Rastafarians believe that they are the original Lost Tribes of Israel that were once scattered by Babylon until the appearance of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.
- Rastafarians believe that God will return them to Zion (Rastafarians refer to Ethiopia as Zion).
- Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia is the Promised Land and that it is Heaven on Earth.
- The White Man took them away from the Promised Land (Ethiopia/Zion) as slaves to Babylon and a Babylonian system. (Please note that some Rastafarians will say Pink people vs. White people)
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The dread is not always the rasta, and a rasta is not always the dread. Rasta is conception of the heart - it's no matter whether you are white or black or else, whether you have dreads or you don't. One Love
Jah is love and if the people of the world can come to some understand then maybe the world would be a better place, yuh see I don't have dreads on my head as yet but I'm rastaman for life that's the only way to go for me....So one and all have a blessed day on your going out are coming IN ....Blessed love from the heart,
i could not pass this up without comment.i have lived in jamaica for almost 8 years now.seldom will one even see a true rastafarian here.it could be argued that there is a higher percentage of hypocritical phony "rastas"than there are christians;if that is possible.you will see many dreaded out rasta types drinking rum,smoking cigarettes,eating foods that are forbidden in rasta religion etc.MANY simply grow their hair and act like a pseudo-rasta just to get girls.as a religion per se,rastafarianism is so ridiculous in it's philosophy as to belaughable(but the same could be said about the concepts of "hell"dying and coming back to life in 3 days,etc in christianity)marcus garvy will figure prominitely into any search into this religion.AT IT'S CORE rastafarianism is a -hate white people religion.therefore it would be impossible to be a white rasta,as some on here has suggested,even if one was ignorant enough to want to be.most true rastas stay to themselves,do not eat meat or food from the ground(polluted),do not drive cars(bicycles are ok)do not smoke cigs,have several concubines,stay stoned on ganja,and DO NOT talk to white people.for convienance sake you can believe whatever you wish about rastas but this is a true quick overview of rastafarianism in jamaica.
@ nuts Yuh r so right, bredda. Bein' rasta is bout yuh faith and believe, not bout bein white, black or asian with or without locks! Give thanks and praises to di most I!
I love JAH. I love the belief of Rastafarian, and I would like to pay a visit to Jamaica to see the truth way of Rastafarian life. I also love the one and only Rastafarian queen. Sistar Rita Marley
It comes a time when one can't walk the line one must cross over to one side or the other. I am a loc wearing sista that has exposed oneself but hasn't fully committed. I am and shall be committed to rhastafarianism. Help !! can someone tell me and/or put me in touch with a group here on the island of st. kitts +1-869-763-4398 Rhasta LaJa'
greetings for me rasta is also the ability to carry your locks is not aeasy thing to do many dont like it ... you have to be strong to carry dread ... we cannot see inside and so how will we know our brethren and sistren as you see the dread yu know and can show raspect where it due ... much love with honours
donald see everything you've posted I disagree 100%. Being a Rastafarian (please take the ism out of the word, we are not an "ism") doesn't mean that you are anti-white people. It is a way of life and a path in how we live. Although one of the main highlights at the begining of our way was because of white people. White people took over many areas in society, God was shown in an image to be white. Royal members of the family is to be white- white kings and queens etc. There was no real iconic being that was black and because of the racism due to this reason and slavery many early Rastafarians recieved abuse from white people as back then was a time when racism was put out a lot more than now. Because of this reason many early Rastafarians were racist towards white people and saw the rise of Haile Selassie I, the most high as a way to strike back at white people as God sent a light to show us the black people that he hadn' forgotten us in this corrupt society- there was an iconic black person that they could look up to and represent there culture. Remember all of what white people did to the early Rastas, they were very racist and I don't blame them for being anti-white people. White people done them bad and you don't jut earn forgiveness just like that.
omg i used to live in jamaica when i was little and my mom was a rasta but my father was hipanic and he never allowed me to pik up the belief but now i am a full blooded rasta i<3 bob marley
i was born in jamacian my mom was a rast and my dad was hispanic.........iam a full blood rast me and my sister are nothing but rasta i freaken <3 bob marley......
I wish I could one day go to Jamica but for now I have to stay in Canada I really wish I could have a friend from Jamica thatd be the greatest
i agree with tht person who said tht true rastas are very rare to come about as we can see tht in our communities people call themselves RASTAS but still do and eat what they are not meant to eat and do .i waitin for the day i would meet a true RASTA
i read some of the following comments and agreed and disagreed with some and others.. my point is im just so fed up with the way society has ..let itself.. become i mean were is the love for one another? what happend to us? i am a 27 year old white female. and i can't watch movies that have slavory. i cry like it hurts me all over.. what happend to morals and the word of god. you no you can get suspended for talking about god in school now?! who gave who the right to steal anyone from anywere and make them your..slave. shame on those men who felt they were higher then u just because. when u cry i hurt when we bleed ..our .. blood is red is it not?so i feel the distrust and the anger and the hurt when it comes to older rasta relig. can u blame them ? what happend to us? where's the love?my ancester's got there land stolen by the white man but one fell in love with a white man because i am native indian and irish and german so somehow they forgave and felt the love...i think its just time for the world to grow up and let the grudges and uglyness go and let the light..the love back in.. thats all i have to say about that.
I am a young white woman and I recently returned from my 4th trip to Jamaica and find myself extremely fortunate to have met a young rasta man who went out of his way to show me parts of Jamaica I would have never seen on any hotel booked excursion. I have to disagree with a couple of the comments above. I felt no disrespect from him or anyone I met in his presence, he took me to some rasta restaurants and spoke a lot about his beliefs and never once tried any kind of inappropriate baheaviour towards me. I feel proud to have been shown a side of Jamaica I have never experienced, and to have met someone like him to finally break that stereotype that tourists have about Jamaicans.
Viva Rastafarian! Rasta is my spirit and inspiration. I proud tobe part of Rastafarian. I sure Rasta is can not died untill forever. I love Rastafarian
u dont have to have dreads to beleive in the rasta way of life and u dont have to be black or jamaican
na man yah not need fi be blak ta be rasta mi born in jam down as white man in little london but brought up n raised with rasta cultua but dem still nat like tha white man ova there but it sa lovley place fi visit ya haffi se it ta love it ( one love ta all ) Keep easy ( ire man ) bless =) but now mi in shtti england where they mock white man with dreADS more than over in j. a still mi na wolf mi a lion ya sai ta be a rasta ya need fi born in to there cultua or truley belive in jah an find way bak ta zion and pray ( rasta man no drink eat meat ar cut off him dread sight no tabbaco all natural ganja (JAH Rastafari) sight mi daddi =) xxx
First of all i would like to say, that a lot of people are trying to spread their religion.But the are some Questions regarding, about why would GOD come to this world in an human form. With no divine power as a human being. As for the argument that HE( GOD) wants to know how the society or people are feeling. Then we must acknowledge that, GOD created us so The Creator knows what is good and what is bad for all the thing HE has created. So whether it be His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. Or Jesus son of Mary Peace be upon Him and his Mother. Then we can only say that these persons, are only but human being's. And that the Lord of the Heavens and the earths does not have to become a Human being, to give guidence to Human kind. He can give them guidence however he wants . And another question is, that why is rastafarian always relaited to smoking Gangaa(Weed). It that tue or is that just been customised by the people in a later periid of the religion. I mean not too be derespectfull. Your Sincerely Ishaaq
i have read almost all of the coments above i see theres alot of true rastas here im cuban mon and dad are cubans my dad use to be a sailor back in the days and he love jamaica and use to talk to me alot about the island and rastafarians i respect them very much and the belives ( real rastas)
i am german/english born, don't like violence and hate what atrocities my ancestors have done in the name of their country/empire (the UK and US are still going at it in alliance now), i agree with the rastas and their way, i could go vege but i'd need a big organic vege garden in my own place, am going to build one anyway with help from my landlord so they can have veges too. I don't believe in any particular god, just that there is something up there, a supernatural being. I just spoke to an aboriginal friend of mine here in Sydney and they said there will be something big in Dec 2012, they're not sure what though...
you si wa me sayin rasta is a way of life da future of da youth. da healin. ye know undastand jah live bless. rasta
im a rasta and i havent ate meat in 4 months or combed my hair peace to all it doesnt matter the color of your skin it shuldnt matter more than the color of your eyes as long as u truly worship jah and have a rasta lifestyle yes im white live peacefully
At the end of the day we should let everyone be who they wanna be. At the end of the day if a person ain't being a 'true rastafarian' they're decieving themselves.
i am no rasta-man, if it wasn't for science i'd be believing in Jah. I feel the love that resonates from Reggae, its about unity and having a deeper understanding of our human nature and losing our social personas. We need to realise love is the way, economic competition is the problem, it restricts love and replaces it with hate. Competition is beautiful but not if it affects the standard of living we face! This is ludicrous mon! Look after your brothers and sisters, care and share the knowledge. Hate no-one, not the fat man, the black man, the racist man, the stupid man, the greedy man, the corrupt man, feel sorry for them friends. Love is what makes us happy, feel the love, feel the happiness and change societies evil ways. We are heaven and we are living in hell. 'Jah' lives within us people, i think Jah people are chasing, don't look externally, look internally. FIND THE LOVE! Peace out my bretherins, hold strong and expand your mind's, the way to change is through the question of 'why'.
Rastefarianism is only 80 years old and king Hail Selasse gone..! But as I know this king was of Greek Orthodox faith. Rastefarians' holy herb GANJA is banned in almost all countries in the world....! for it is like cocaine or heroin.People get addicted to it and it is harmful to human body....! If someone wants to be virtuous and be humane,and be a cityzen of the world,want equality among people....then there is the TEACHING OF THE LORD BUDDHA....! Be a real BUDDHIST.....!
For me Rasta is a WAY of LIFE rather that a Religion. I am not religious and therefore cannot speak on the religious (if any) aspect of Rastafari. However...live the life of a radta and enjoy peace till the end of your days !!!
I was reading a lot of the post here and have come to a conclusion. There are people all over the world who Claim to be religious in many ways but most do not practice a true religion. The word " Christian" is tossed around so litely it boggles the mind. Members in my own family profess to be " Christian" and would stab you in the back before anyone else, no literaly. I know one person who says she goes to church because the people are so nice while they are there and they dress so nice that day. LOL My own daughter NOW CLAIMs she is so religious and lorates everyone around, because of their race, education, color, etc. I told her " show me one person who made the choice to be born, in a certain town, country, color, parents, language or sex?" I think before I would profess to be something it would be that I am a Realist, I believe in FACTS and I also believe in MORALS. My morals are, be a decent person, do not be a tramp, do not put things in my body that would be harmful, like alchol, drugs or smoking. Do not harm others, do not lie or cheat. Help those who are needy. Try to educate those who need it. Love your fellow man as you would want him to love you. I do not judge others for their color, or sexuality. I treat others with respect and love no matter who they are or whwere they come from. I am more religious than most religious people and the funny part is, I AM NOT RELIGIOUS AT ALL.
i wonder if i do become a rasta if people would see me as different and treat me as they see or just remember me for who i am an respect my choice
i & i give thnx praise to the most high emperor selasi I the first, king of kings, the conquering lion of judah, ever living, ever faithful...blessed be rasta' halelujah !
I am a white Rastafarian , I dont have dreads , yet , but in time I will , if Jah bless it . Anyone can have dreads, there are a myriad of sites on the internet that tell you how to dread your hair , but I think real dreads come with real wisdom and knowledge , and that is what I ask of my lord each day , to increase my wisdom , understanding and my knowledge , and Jah bless me and say to me , this is not about black or white , this isn't about dreadlocks , this isn't a fashion show , this about whats in your heart . Jah love , Jah light for all people , dreads or no dreads
there is a four letter word used constantly by God and man we are given the charge by the most High to carry this out with complete abandon yet man has not grasped the simple but complex ability to fulfill this order so easily expressed by a supreme power on a day to day basis ask yourselves am i able to share with mankind what has been so freely given to me !
a great man believed he could cure our society of pain and suffering thru words in his music by expessing a command that was given to all mankind by the most High .The irony is we have found it so difficult ,almost impossible to truly successfully carry out this simple but complex command .It has eluded man for thousands of years and today the word itself is used and misused ,taken out of context time and again .How far we've come yet still so far to go........LOVE
Im a South African black uman, my life was in dismay till i discovered rastafari. I love rastafari and i truly believe is for the chosen few, and im grateful to be one of them. Those who have eyes to see must see, those who have ears to listen must hear. Blessd!
I have no problem with true Rastafarians, as long as they have moved past the racism. I don't think that JAH wants racism of any sort. I am White. On my mother's side I am Jewish (I guess that makes mea member of one of the twelve tribes). On my father's side I am Quaker. Both groups have been persecuted, and I am proud of my heritage. My Quaker ancestors, in particular, were very involved with the Underground Railroad before, during, and after the US Civil War. I am proud of my heritage and will not apologize. I am, more importantly, very active in civil rights and fighting unjustice in every form for all races and religions. So am I to be hated simply because I am White? that makes you as bad as all of the White oppresors throughout the ages. I think JAH wants love and peace instead.
To Tami. i think what you said is exactly what bob marley sang about. The thought of a world where all men and women loved and hated each other for better reasons than just what the color of there skin was is what makes me such a Huge fan.
I can bet that the few people talking specificly about being a "true rasta" are not rastas. Because how can you define a "true rasta" without the knowledge you would obtain if you were actually rasta yourself. to say a white person cant be rasta either is generally ridiculous..
God (Jesus) is the way the truth and the light, Jah love increase 'I lines' and bring Ipansion to all man all understanding all I-telligence is I an I to break down corrupt walls which went before I an I very eyes and in this judgement there is no partiality no longer with arms we see I an I dynamics, bleedovers and shift to comprehend the seamlessness of such a mighty one, Emmanuel....
rasta deals with universal truth, i would say inclusion for who seek , internationally, universally,locks or not. the heart is where the truth lies. you cannot change history and the evils commited by blind individuals, greedy stupid men,but we can evolve conciousness to realise we are one all those who love ,all who know we never die and that our sins will be visited on that day we pass
I am a 16 years old girl who is finding out more about Rastafarianism and i think it is a interesting religion. But ,therefore i think it is an important religion to know more about our culture
Brett/ re Janelle.I agree with DONALD SEE.Why do RARAS moan all the time about slavary it is the pastThe same ruling elite sent children down the coal pits- Do we continualy moan about the atrocaties inflicted on us whites by the Normans in 1066 or about how the Romans enslaved us took us as slaves to Rome to be butchered in the areans or to a early death somewhere in the empire. The Atlantic Slave Trade is also history the difference is it was well recoded,writtin about and it was abolished by the deaths of tousands of average white people on the principle that all are equal and with or without religious beleifs. I hope Keioren understands there is no suppernatural thing in the sky.
donald see your comments are laughable. First off Christianity is not a religion being Christian is a word identifying one as a person that beleives in Christ and what he is. It's not a movement. The beleif in "hell" does not belong to Christians alone. You may not believe in hell but Im sure you will find out one day if it exists or not. Be sure to take a very long and cold glass of water with you.
You don have to be any color to be Rasta. It don matter. Its your true love for God that matters. and i have been suspeneded multiple times in school for talkin bout God to others. But i don care anymore let them suspend me. it wont stop me from spreadin what i love!!
I agree with Tami. Where is the LOVE!!! The world is full of hate and anger.. Life is too short to hold grudges. Grudges only lead to bitterness which leads to hate! It doesnt matter what color you skin is.I cant stand slavery always being thrown up in my face because im white. My ancestors didnt own slaves, However I understand why people feel the way they do about the issue but let it go! If i was alive in those times i would have been lenched next to my african lover! (real talk) I am not a Rastafarian but I have researched it. I love reggae music and I have many Jamiacan friends. Some are rastas and some arent...and it's true that it is very rare to meet a TRUE RASTA.. neither her nor there I am a Christian but I love learning about other cultures and religions. If we continue to dwell on the past how are we supposed to move forward??? So I ask again Where is the LOVE??
ive been rasta 4 14years love my way of life was a vegetarian 4 3yrs straight stop only ate fish,turkey, and chicken now 3wks ago im back vegetariani 4 life grew my dreads 4 11yrs cutt them off .but im still a 100% rasta im blk and in south carolina looking 4 other rastas close 2me 2 build a strong rasta community.everyone who is rasta are studying rastafarianism from me 1love 1destiny1aim and thats jah if anyone thats respects the rasta way of life and have more info to bring to the table please contact me ras heres my contact number 864 554 0383 ask 4 ras reno one love my beatiful people
I am a white Christian, I believe 100% of the bible. I see rastafari as a way of life, not a religion (For me, I respect all Rastas). I believe in I n I, that the holy spirit lives in all of us believers and that this bond of one love is stronger than anything else in the world. I don't have locks, but I would if I could. Peace, one love, stay high,
do you have to be white to be rasta. because i believe the rasta views and beliefs but my mate said you have to be black
color 4 sure haffi nattin in connection with rasta Rasta 2 mi iz mo offi faith above all one love one destiny who ever believes in God regardless of wat name iz important, universal lov ffi all
Everyone is putting there own meaning of the word rasta! It is not a religion it is a belief. A belief realized that the images bein fed to them were the complete opposite in order to keep a people contolled. It is both judaism and christianity. Its absolutely ridiculous to assume one does not believe whole heartedly in the concept of rasta because youve seen him or her eat drink or smoke something you don't believe is in accordance. Every religion around the world basically condemns smoking yet do you tell the Jewish guy or the Christian lady and Muslim man that they are not Muslim Christian or Jewish????? Rasta is a belief faith based.....
My name is Eyasu gebreslassie I am not Rasta but I love the rasteferian blifs and music peace and love. I have an idea to build Rastafarians recreation center in Shashemene Ethiopia where Rastafarians can meet every year and reggae concerts can also organized to bring all Rastafarians together in the holy land. Please send this message to all Rastafarians in the world You can contact me email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel +249955014395 South Sudan Juba
Yeah but c'mon.. god? really?? a supernatural being??? biblical claims???? reeeaaally now??? it ruins the simple and profound connection that is our collective humanity as soon as one allows for absurd and harmful superstitious claims. I can accept one love and vegetarianism ...even smoking weed if thats helps a person cope but man-god worship and bible non-sense is really harmful to all people.
Rasta's have some truth and are fullfiling Scripture. They are part of a scattered tribe just as all the other tribes that came to the America's in Slavery in the 1600's by the Gentiles( Esau red skin and hairy) Psalm 68 vs 4 JAH is the MOST HIGH name according to english Bible translation but YAH in the New King James. YHWH is the Hebrew name and his name is written in our DNA x & y Chromosome in all humans. Jesus never brought Christianity to earth. Christ means annointed in the Greek language. His name was Yahosua meaning Yah's salvation. Hebrew,Greek and Latin were the Language written over his head by Pilot. English language change his name to Jesus look in a 1611 King James Bible there is no J in his name. It was an I. Furthermore What world countries that rule speak english? In the Book of Judges Samsom from the tribe of Dan was a Nazarine from birth read what it say... The Christ was also a Nazarine. For all you people out there who confuse and stating Rasta is a mix between Jew and Christian. A Rasta is keeping the laws of The Covenant. When they wake up they will know that they are all Benji's... Obey the Most High and stay bless and protected.
Although I don't share the same beliefs as the Rastafari, I can respect the people who truly believe as they do. Everyone should have the right to believe what they want as long as they have a real connection to whatever it is they believe. With that being said, I have witnessed many people eager to join the Rastafarian community based on shallow motives. A) People that like to smoke a lot of marijuana think they would love the religion. B) People, sometimes even the same people mentioned in A, like reggae so they think they would love the religion. C) Some people that think dreads are cool think they would fit into the Rastafarian belief system. People like the ones I mentioned above are absurd. Rastafarian is a religion, not a fashion statement or a hobby. It's really sad how people can take something that is considered sacred to a group of people and turn it into a trend or the latest fad. Have some respect.