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Rastafarianism

There's a young woman who works at a local grocery store, whom I've chatted to a bit. She's got an unusual name, about which she first said "It's Ethiopian. Long story." Her face looks a bit exotic so maybe some unusual genetics happened, but my first guess would be that she's whiter than I am, sunburn instead of tan, paleskin and redhead and all. On another day, she said her parents had converted to Rastafarianism, so given their children Ethiopians names. The logic of this escaped me; all I knew of Rasta was that it was out of the Caribbean and had a big role for pot.

I've now gotten around to looking it up. Based in Jamaica, check; Afrocentric, check; pot-centric, check; "Most of its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), as Jesus incarnate, the Second Advent, or the reincarnation of Jesus", oh my. I didn't know that.

She's still got unusual parents. Or genes. Or adoption, I just thought of that.

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richardthinks
Sep. 13th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
yup, Ras (head) of the Tafari (clan): the Lion of Judah.

The second coming of Christ happened when his homeland was attacked by fascists. He went to appeal to the collected heads of worldly power, who had just then gathered themselves into the League of Nations, and they agreed with him it was a terrible shame but said they wouldn't do anything about it.

It's got to be peculiar when, at 38, you suddenly start being worshipped by a bunch of people on a far-off island. And then you have to keep running your country (sometimes as a "regent," sometimes as Emperor, sometimes as statesman) for a further 44 years while this cult grows and grows over there - overseas - and it develops this whole creed and habits of pot smoking and a hairstyle and music and so on, and it's all completely outside your control. Odd.
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