Rastafarianism

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Rastafarianism

The Rastafari movement grew out of the darkest depression that the descendants of African slaves in Jamaica have ever lived in. Out of this filth and slime arose a sentiment so pure, so without anger, so full of love, the philosophy of the Rastafari faith. Freedom of spirit, freedom from slavery, and freedom of Africa, was its cry. I believe that Rastafarianism, or Rasta, is a true religion because it comes with a historic background, it sets standards for it’s believers, and a simple philosophy.
Rastafarianism is a religious movement native to the island of Jamaica. There are different groups of Rastafarians, each with its own ideas. But basically they all agree on one thing, that the late emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Rastafarians can associate themselves in groups one being Creation Heights. They viewed themselves as part of creation, just as the animals and plants are. Lightning, thunder, and other natural phenomena are viewed by them with awe, as though God were speaking. Rastafarianism, like any religion, comes with set standards that their believers should follow. They refuse to eat meat, fish, or anything of that sort, the idea being that these things die and rot, and so would those who eat them. On the other hand, vegetables, such as spinach, keep growing after their stalks are cut. So those who feed on such things have the potential for everlasting life, they think. They did not use plates or cups, cleaned-out gourds replaced them. Things made of paper were also disposed of, and this included the Bible. They believed that the things made by God were theirs and were free, regardless of who possessed or controlled them. Those who claimed possession and placed a price on them had no right to do so. Only if a person committed some grievous sin would he experience death. That group saw the white…...

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