Henry, William Anthony (2015) Rastafari. In: The SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America. SAGE, Thousand Oaks, California, USA. ISBN 9781452258218

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Although established in Jamaica, the spiritual nature of Rastafari as a practice and way of life is rooted in the cultural beliefs of African people brutally enslaved and forced to suppress their cultural forms. Significantly, Ethiopia, where ancient texts on Hebraic Christian teachings are housed is viewed as the homeland. The Emperor Haile Selassie played a central role, both as the last traditional ruler in Africa following the lines of ancient rulers and the chosen spiritual leader. Although dreadlocks have become a symbol of Rastafari, they predate its inception and not all Rastafari are dreadlocked or all dreadlocked people Rastafari. The influence of Rastafari has become world renowned, affecting people of African descent in all walks of life in North America.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.4135/9781483346373.n248
Subjects: Social sciences > Communication and culture
Depositing User: William Anthony Henry
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:08
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3383

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