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Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction,9780199584529

Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/7/2013
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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From its obscure beginnings in Jamaica in the early 1930s, Rastafari has grown into an international socio-religious movement. It is estimated that 700,000 to 1 million people worldwide have embraced Rastafari, and adherents of the movement can be found in most of the major population centers and many outposts of the world. Most believers worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930-1974), as God incarnate. They often embrace the spiritual use of cannabis and reject western society, called Babylon. Believers proclaim Africa (also "Zion") as the original birthplace of mankind, and the call to repatriation to Africa is a key tenet.Rastafari: A Very Short Introductionprovides an account of this widespread but often poorly understood movement. Ennis B. Edmonds looks at the essential history of Rastafari, including its principles and practices and its internal character and configuration. He examines its global spread, its far-reaching influence on cultural and artistic production in the Caribbean and beyond, and its handling of gender issues.

Author Biography

Ennis B. Edmonds is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College. An authority on African Diaspora Religions, Religion in America, and Sociology of Religion, he is the author of Rastafari: From Outcasts to Culture Bearers.

Table of Contents

Movement of Jah people: the history of Rastafari in Jamica
"Rastatology" and "livity": the principles and practices of Rastafari
Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafari
Rastafari international: the making of a global movement
Kingmen, queens, and dawtas: gender issues in Rastafari
"The Head Corner Stone": Rastafari and Caribbean culture
Further Reading
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