CENTRAL FIGURES
| Sellassie I-Jesus-Menen-Marcus Garvey-Bob Marley |
MAIN DOCTRINES
| Jah-African Pride-Ital-Zion-Herb use |
KEY SCRIPTURES
| Bible-Kebra Nagast-The Promise Key-Holy Piby-My life and Ethiopian Progress-Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy |
FESTIVALS
Grounation-Reasoning
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Righteous Roots is a new religious movement that arose in Tarkwa/Ghana in an African Culture in the 2005.All members worship Jah and see Haile Selassie I as the incarnate of God,the second advent or reincarnation of Jesus.
Members of Righteous Roots are sometimes called RROOTS. RROOTS ecompasses themes such as the spiritual use of Herb, rejection of western society called Babylon and proclaimes Africa as Zion. RROOTS is not a religion but a way of life.
Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie I (1892–1975) was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Rastas claim that he is the resurrected manifestation of Jesus (Yahshua) Christ and therefore an incarnation of Jah (Jehovah) onto the Earth. They also claim that he will lead the righteous into creating a perfect world, called " Zion". Zion would be the ultimate paradise for Rastas. The future capital city of Zion is sometimes put forward as the New Jerusalem (Lalibela, Ethiopia), the very Habitation of the Godhead (Trinity) creator, Rastafari. Prophetic verses of the Hebrew Bible such as Zephaniah 3:10 "From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings," have been interpreted as subtly hinting that the messianic king will be in Ethiopia, and the people will come from the rest of the world beyond its rivers. Rastas may say that Haile Selassie's coming was prophesied from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Genesis, Chapter 1: "God made man in His own image." Psalm 2: "Yet I set my Holy king/ On My Holy hill of Zion," which is identified by them as Jesus Christ. Psalm 87:4–6 is also interpreted as predicting the coronation of Haile Selassie I. During his coronation, Selassie was given many of the same titles used in the Bible: "King of Kings," "Elect of God," and "Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah the Author of Mankind," "the Power of Authority," etc., are just some of more than 38 titles and anointments placed on Selassie. He also received acclaim from various Christian and Muslim leaders and clergy for the work he performed towards establishing world peace and the brotherhood of mankind. This is one of the primary reasons he is held to be God incarnate. Rastas also refer to Selassie as "His Imperial Majesty" (or the acronym thereof, HIM) and "Jah Rastafari." According to tradition, Haile Selassie was the 225th in an unbroken line of Ethiopian monarchs of the Solomonic Dynasty. This dynasty is said to have been founded in the 10th century BC by Menelik I, the son of the Biblical King Solomon and Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, who had visited Solomon in Israel. 1 Kings 10:13 claims "And King Solomon gave unto the Queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants." On the basis of the Ethiopian national epic, the Kebra Negast, Rastas interpret this verse as meaning she conceived his child, and from this, conclude that African people are among the true children of Israel, or Jews. Beta Israel black Jews have lived in Ethiopia for centuries, disconnected from the rest of Judaism; their existence has given some impetus to Rastafari, as they feel it validates their assertion that Ethiopia is Zion. Regarding the death of Haile Selassie I, Rastafari[4] do not accept that God could die and some thus insist that Selassie's 1975 reported death was a hoax. It is also claimed that he entered the monastery and will return to liberate his followers and vanquish all evil, restoring his creation. Today, a few Rastas consider this a partial fulfillment of prophecy found in the apocalyptic 2 Esdras 7:28. Others view the person of His Majesty as incorporated in all matter and thus not dependent on what was perceived as His only form during the last century. For Rastafari, Haile Selassie remains their God and their King.[13] They see Selassie as being worthy of worship, and as having stood with great dignity in front of the world's press and in front of representatives of many of the world's powerful nations, especially during his appeal to the League of Nations in 1936, when he was still the only independent black monarch in Africa.[13] From the beginning the Rastas decided that their personal loyalty lay with Africa's only black monarch, Selassie, and that they themselves were in effect as free citizens of Ethiopia, loyal to its Emperor and devoted to its flag representing the Solomonic Dynasty prior to the Communist coup.
Jesus
Acceptance of the God-incarnate status of Jesus is Rastafari doctrine, as is the notion of the corruption of his teachings by secular, Western society, figuratively referred to as Babylon. For this reason, they believe, it was prophesied in the Book of Revelation—"And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."[14]—that Jesus would return with a new name that would be inscribed on the foreheads of 144,000 of his most devoted servants. Rastas hold that they represent this fulfillment based on their experience in the light of Haile Selassie's return and coronation as the King of Kings on 2 November 1930, whom they see as the second coming of Jesus or the coming of the holy spirit, and therefore Jah, onto the Earth. Rastas say that Jesus was black while Western Society (or Babylon) has commonly depicted him as white for centuries.
Menen
Itege Menen was the only wife of Haile Selassie I.
Marcus Garvey
Rastas see Marcus Mosiah Garvey as a prophet, with his philosophy fundamentally shaping the movement, and with many of the early Rastas having started out as Garveyites. He is often seen as a second John the Baptist. One of the most famous prophecies attributed to him involving the coronation of Haile Selassie I was the 1927 pronouncement "Look to Africa, for there a black king shall be crowned," although an associate of Garvey's, James Morris Webb, had made very similar public statements as early as 1921.[43][44] Marcus Garvey promoted Black Nationalism, black separatism, and Pan-Africanism: the belief that all black people of the world should join in brotherhood and work to decolonise the continent of Africa — then still controlled by the white colonialist powers. He promoted his cause of black pride throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and was particularly successful and influential among lower- class blacks in Jamaica and in rural communities. Although his ideas have been hugely influential in the development of Rastafari culture, Garvey never identified himself with the movement, and even wrote an article critical of Haile Selassie for leaving Ethiopia at the time of the Fascist occupation.[45] In addition, his Universal Negro Improvement Association disagreed with Leonard Howell over Howell's teaching that Haile Selassie was the Messiah.[45] Rastafari nonetheless may be seen as an extension of Garveyism. In early Rasta folklore, it is the Black Star Liner (actually a shipping company bought by Garvey to encourage repatriation to Liberia) that takes them home to Africa.
Bob Marley
Bob Nesta Marley promote rastafari through music and prophesied about many of the things happening now.
Jah
Jah is the true name of God in bible.It is the biblical term in Psalm 68.Jah in a form of Holy spirit incarnate within human.
African Pride
This acceptance and living the african culture.This is also seeing babylon as white dominated.Babylon commited such act of aggresion such as the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Ital
Ital simpily means vital.Is the deit law in the old Tastament.This implie avoidance of alcohol ,ci ggeret and any thing that makes the boby spiritual unclean and physically unhealthy.
Zion
Zion referes to Ethiopia or Africa and is the promised land from JAH to mankind.Zion can also mean the kingdom of Jah.
Spiritual Use of Herb
Herb(weed,ganja,sensimilla is the for the service of man.(Psalm 106:14)Smoking of the herb is a spiritual act,often accompanied by bible study.It is a sacrament that cleans body and mind,heals the soul,exalt our conciousness,facilitate peacefulness,bring pleasure and bring us closer to Jah.The herb is truely the healing of the nations.
smoking of cannabis enjoys Biblical sanction, and is an aid to meditation and religious observance. Among Biblical verses, Rastas quote as justifying the use of cannabis: Genesis 1:11 "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Genesis 3:18 "... thou shalt eat the herb of the field." Psalms 104:14 "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man." Proverbs 15:17 "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith."[24] Revelation 22:2 " the river of life proceeded to flow from the throne of God, and on either side of the bank there was the tree of life, and the leaf from that tree is for the healing of the nations."
Festivals
Reasoning
Reasoning is a simple event/daily event where RROOTS gather,smoke herb and discus.The one honoured to light the herb says a short prayer beforehand.The herb is passed in a clockwise direction unless in time of war,where it can be passed in an anticlockwise direction.
Groumdation
Groudation is simply every rastafari celebration.This is celebrated mainly with dancing,singing,feasting and smoking of herb.This can last for several days.This is much linked with Haile Selassie I visit to Jamaica.
Some days when groundation may take place
JANUARY 7-Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas
MARCH 25-Birth of Empress Menen
APRIL 21-Anniversary of Selassie's visit to Jamaica
MAY 25-African liberation day
JULY 23-Birth of Haile Selassie I
SEPTEMBER 11-Ethiopian new year
NOVEMBER 2-The coronation of Haile Selassie I
LANGUAGE
Rastafari vocabulary Rastas assert that their original African languages were stolen from them when they were taken into captivity as part of the slave trade, and that English is an imposed colonial language. Their remedy has been the creation of a modified vocabulary and dialect known as "Iyaric", reflecting their desire to take language forward and to confront the society they call Babylon. Some examples are: "I-tal", derived from the word vital and used to describe the diet of the movement which is taken mainly from Hebrew dietary laws. "Overstanding", which replaces "understanding" to denote an enlightenment which places one in a better position. "Irie" (pronounced "eye-ree"), a term used to denote acceptance, positive feelings, or to describe something that is good. "Upfulness", a positive term for being helpful "Livication", substituted for the word "dedication" because Rastas associate dedication with death. "Downpression", used in place of "oppression," the logic being that the pressure is being applied from a position of power to put down the victim. One of the most distinctive modifications in Iyaric is the substitution of the pronoun I and I for other pronouns, usually the first person. I, as used in the examples above, refers to Jah; therefore, I and I in the first person includes the presence of the divine within the individual. As I and I can also refer to us, them, or even you. It is used as a practical linguistic rejection of the separation of the individual from the larger Rastafari community, and Jah himself. Rastafari say that they reject -isms. They see a wide range of -isms and schisms in modern society, for example communism and capitalism, and want no part in them. For example, Haile Selassie himself was an anti-communist during the cold war, only to be deposed by a Marxist coup. Rastafarians would reject Marxism as part of the Babylonian system or, at the very least, just another version of western Humanism. They especially reject the word "Rastafarianism", because they see themselves as "having transcended - isms and schisms." This has created conflict between some Rastas and some members of the academic community studying Rastafari, who insist on calling this faith "Rastafarianism" in spite of the disapproval this generates within the Rastafari movement. Nevertheless, the practice continues among scholars, though there are also instances of the study of Rastafari using its own terms.
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