Rastafarianism A Spiritual Way of Life
Rastafarianism… A Spiritual Way of Life
Rastafarianism is a way of life that existed from the time of the first creation until now. This way of life began from the very first humans. The oldest human fossils were found in Ethiopia 400 million years ago. This fact is evidence of the one family tree and one race… the human race. Rastafari being the most ancient even though not called Rastafari at that time, believes in the ultimate unity of all spiritual traditions as taught by Haile Selassie, the father who has come to us in the name “Rastafari”.
In ancient times the Rastas were known as Essenes, Nazarites, Gnostics, Mystics, etc. The Rastafari roots go back even before the garden of Eden, the home of Adam and Eve as mentioned in the bible. It states “A river went out from Eden, and was parted into four heads”. The name of the first is Pishon which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The second river is called Ghion which is the Nile: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia (Genesis 2 versus 7-13). Even in biblical times Rastafari and Ethiopia is mentioned, even though at the time not called by his new name Rastafari.
Ethiopia, the Hebrew Christian Empire reveals an ancient and still living culture with parallels to the old testament as the Ethiopians lists their kings from Ori 4478 BC to Haile Selassie, the first of AD 1930. Haile Selassie descended from the dynasty of Menelik the first, who was born of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba… a dynasty perpetuated without interruption. When Ethiopia embraced her Christian faith, it was mystical being that her head and supreme authority, King Ezana 4th century from whom Ethiopia anointed herself in the light of christ, was himself a successor of David.
So, the Rastafarians traced their roots from pre-history to biblical and into now. The African culture The Rastaman accept Christ who said that he would return in his kingly character Haile Selassie First as written in Revelation 5:5. In 1891, Alexander Bedward arose to lead a group of Jamaican black nationalists. Bedward proclaimed the coming of the king of kings from Ethiopia as the returned Christ. The Prophet Marcus Mosiah Garvey, father of black nationalism, born 1887 also arose to tell the people “Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned and he shall be the redeemer”. Later on, the first patriarch of Rastafari, Brother Leonard Percival Howell erected the platform of a messianic movement inspired by King Tafari’s 1930 coronation and enthronement on the throne of David. Howell was to build the first Rastafarian community. There in 1940, he established the Rasta community based on the African traditions. This community was the first community to call upon the name of Haile Selassie I.
Another patriarch of Rastafari is Brother Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert who in 1931 began to propagate his new convictions about Ras Tafari. Brother Henry Archibald Dunkley is another patriarch of Rastafari who also thought of Haile Selassie as the black Christ that returned in 1930. One of the most prominent Rastafarian leaders Prince Emmanuel, the black Christ who built the Rasta tabernacle and brought the priesthood wherefore he is called Emmanuel the High Priest. In 1966 when Haile Selassie I went to to Jamaica, he found himself face to face with the high priest (Prince Emmanuel) of the people that bore witness to him. From that time to now, Rastafarianism has rapidly expanded and is expanding even further as we the people crave the truth.