The Rastafari movement is an Ethiopian/Hebrew form of spirituality based upon the worship of the Christ Archetype/figure—and also the illusive god of earth, Jehovah—that was founded in Jamaica in 1930, three years after Marcus Garvey predicted the black race gaining liberation from their European oppressors.
This independence was marked by the crowing of a king in Africa named Tarafi Makonnen (Haile Selassie I), whom is said to have had a direct and unmolested bloodline leading all the way back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Selassie Reigned as the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930, up till one year before his death in 1974.
The circumstances surrounding Selassie's death raise much questioning. After a wide spread famine in Ethiopia, Selassie was labelled as unfit to rule by the Soviets—his replacement, of course, was Marxism. He was imprisoned in 1974 where he died—apparently due to an unsuccessful operation—however his personal doctor had openly stated there was nothing wrong with him at the time. It appeared he had been assassinated, along with the 60 of his governmental officials whom were were all killed without any trial. To those whom spoke of this most infamous day named ‘Bloody Saturday’ in rebuke, the low ranking officials responsible for the murders responded by announcing the end of the Solomonic legacy.
The Rastafarian culture has its name rooted in the Amharic (Ethiopian-Semetic) word for head (Ras) and the first given name of the emperor, Tafari, viz. Ras-tafari.
Most Rasta’s have given Selassie the status as a god-like being or the second coming of the Messiah, however, he himself repeatedly stated that he was just human. It is debatable as to whom started the idea of an omnipotent divinity in residing in him, seemingly, it was those progenitors of the movement whom had made that bold, surreal claim.
Although many contend the movement to be a religious one, many Rastafarians will refute such an idea and instead seek a “way of life” as a pose to a ideological and dogmatic following. There is somewhat of a divide; as with many religions or spiritual movements we have exoteric and esoteric teachings & knowledge for adherents or pupils, the former being the general consensus and the latter a specific set of teachings intended or thought to be appropriate only for the few.
Whether there is any truth in the claims of these diversified movements or not, it shall always remain a debated topic, due to the lack of evidence we have that should support the idea of benevolence in the leaders of such politically-powerful developments. Given the fact that Selassie is purported to be the the second coming and son of Jah(Jehova/Yaweh), it may be difficult to find any security from religious-monarchism in the placing of this emperor & king, however, it does appear that the Rastafari movement is somewhat separate from Selassie in terms of a unifiable sense of truth—which brings up the question of two sides operating on the same cause—just as we have with the ancient pagan/esoteric Christianity that was liberated by the modern day Roman-Catholicism. As with many things, we have ongoing internal battles determining the fate of followers to any religion or movement, and it can be difficult to discern which party is of a benevolent nature, if any at all. On this occasion, it does seem many of the fictitious-sounding stories are propaganda of some sorts, either that or a dire misunderstanding of esoteric metaphor has occurred, as is normal. The esoteric would not be such, if everyone understood it. As we know, the word(esoteric) simply connotes a basis of knowledge that is not likely to be understood or heard by the masses.
It seems we have a select following whom call themselves Rastarfari, pledge allegiance unto Selassie, but are living a life which is diametrically opposed to the system running the showon the religious stage, today. It was the Rasta that coined the modern term "Babylon" to symbolically represent the evil in the world pushed forth by institutions of war & corruption. By nature, it appears the aforementioned persons are of an anarchist nature—despise the tyranny that is going on—and somewhat have a place in society as spiritual warriors and conspiracy “theorists.” On the other side of the coin—of course—we have the more dogmatic aspect, which most Rastafarians will refute, pertaining the idea that there is not a “Rastafarian-ism” or a set way of life. It seems those of faith to Selassie see him as a leader in evolutionary ideas & freedom, as a pose to a dogmatic one. He was not a king that would rule, but rather one to set an example for freedom and independence. Selassie was mainly known for his peacekeeping politics and influencing harmony between nations and was in fact a member of the United Nations, however I do not feel this to be immediately bearing negative connotation as all countries have traditionally had diplomatic representees to engage the rest of the world.
Unlike many other spiritual or intellectual leaders, it seemed that Selassie may have actually represented some kind of hope. One of the easiest ways to judge the greatness of any movement is to judge its affects in the world. The effects of many religious activities have been dire, to say the least. The effects of the causation that is the Rastafarian movement appear to be of a positive nature on the whole; it seems clear that we have a rather niche, alternative movement that has taken from the same original history as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but takes an entirely different approach to life. Speaking to many Rastafarians, you may find that they are directed by freedom, morality, justness, diet and health;—as a pose to conversion, war, invasion, murder, organised-paedophilia, blood sacrifice and mass-subjugation. If this movement has genuinely taken from the same Pentarchy that supported Roman Catholicism, Judiasm and Islam, how did the Rastafarian movement turn out to be so differing in nature?
Although the Rasta’s support the idea of a Christ archetype or figure and many Biblical patriarchs, most would tell you the Bible (or at-least The Old Testament) as we have it today, is a corruption, again bringing up this question of where the truth actually lies.