What Is Rastafarianism?
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001
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My question for discussion:
WHAT IS RASTAFARIANISM?
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS RASTARIANISM?
WHO IS A RASTAFARIAN?
CAN ANYONE BECOME A RASTAFARIAN?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A RASTAFARIAN?
WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF RASTAFARIANISM?
I believe...it was Prof. Rex Nettleford wrote of the culture of "The Dred."
SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING DRED AND BEING A RASTAFARIAN?
IF YOU ARE "BALD HEAD" - NOT A RASTA , HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A RASTA?
These are question that have come up in casual conversations and many of us have not given thought to thoughtfully explore the questions.
The concept of Rastafarianism has seems to have changed since my youth. Men with dred-locks (dread(full) hair) does not seem to be dred-lack, dread(ed) and dread(full) men - warrior against "Babylon" with "blood and fire" on their tongues.
"The music of Africa's lost generation has become the music of the town."(sic), said Una Morrison, Jamaican poet.
HAS RASTAFARIANS BECOME THE CULTURAL LORDS OF "BABYLON?"
Posted by: Ras for Self
There is a modern Rasta who identifies with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Sellassie and a set of social practices including Dreadlocks. I see these Rastas as having commune outside of the general hypocrisies of the Western World and are more sensitive to social/African issues. I would leave this aspect for other Rastafari of the community.
InI deal in the essence of Rasta and Rastafari, which is wisdom, developed through self-identification and SELF-reunification. This is the area that speaks to and from our common good. InI await dialogue with man/woman who want to attain this cosmic Rastafari state. This is the highest calling of mankind and it can be adequately defined from the root of the word to the experience of higher development. InI will say more when more Rastafari engage this issue.
InI know, InI think, InI believe what InI know.
Rastafari, InI Speaks,
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