In Rastafarian , you would greet a friend on the street by saying “Bredren, wa gwaan?” The other Rasta may respond with: “Bwai, ya done know seh mi deya gwaan easy.” This means: “”I’m here just taking it easy.”
This hand gesture is used by Rastafarians to symbolize the Holy Trinity and to honor His Majesty Haile Selassie I. Gold symbolizes sunshine, religious freedom, and the natural wealth of Africa. So the meaning really depends on the person.
Rastafari “ livity ,” or the principle of balanced lifestyle, includes the wearing of long hair locked in its natural, uncombed state, dressing in the colours of red, green, gold, and black (which symbolize the life force of blood, herbs, royalty, and Africanness), and eating an “I-tal” (natural, vegetarian) diet.
Rastafarian consume it through smoking and eating (not recomended). The smoking of Ganja is a part of a religious ritual. When there is a large “reasoning” gathering of Rastafarians , a Chalice, which is a large smoking pipe, may be passed around and smoked .
Note: there is no standard way of spelling Jamaican , and there are different ways of writing many words. Useful phrases in Jamaican .
|Phrase||Jimiekn / Patwah ( Jamaican )|
|I miss you||Mi miss yuh|
|I love you||Mi luv yuh|
|Get well soon|
Although it is possible to be a ‘cleanface, baldhead’ Rasta , most Rastafarians follow the Nazarites in that they do not use combs or razors (hence beard and dreadlocks) and do not practise any sort of body piercing or tattooing . Many Rastas will choose not to believe this, as God can never die and ‘Jah live’.
It doesn’t matter if you are black or white. Nor does it matter that the rasta movement began among black people, and originated in Africa. If you are willing to live up to the principles, then you are welcome into into foal.
Dreadlocks are not just for style. According to Old Testament scripture (Leviticus 19:27), Rastas believe one should not cut their hair because it is where their strength lies. Dreadlocks form naturally over time.
Rastafarians adopted the colors red, yellow, and green as the color of the rastafarian movement. The red stands for the blood of black martyrs that were shed around the world during their struggle for liberation, equal rights, and justice. Yellow represents the wealth of the homeland, Africa, particularly the gold.
Jah or Yah (Hebrew: יה, Yah) is a short form of Hebrew: יהוה (YHWH), the four letters that form the tetragrammaton, the personal name of God : Yahweh, which the ancient Israelites used.
Jesus is an important figure in Rastafari . However, practitioners reject the traditional Christian view of Jesus , particularly the depiction of him as a white European, believing that this is a perversion of the truth. They believe that Jesus was a black African, and that the white Jesus was a false god.
And so, it emerges that Rastafarians do celebrate the Birth of Christ, except that it’s not called Christmas and it’s not celebrated on the 25th of December. It is called Lidät, an Amharic word meaning “Birthday”.
New dreadlocks are washed about once a week just for the first couple of weeks. After this period, a washing routine is created by washing the hair every 3 days approximately. Note: dreadlocks should be washed with special dreadlock shampoo or with organic shampoos that leave no residue.
Haile Selassie I – God of the Black race Rastafarians regard Haile Selassie I as God because Marcus Garvey’s prophecy – “Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be the Redeemer” – was swiftly followed by the ascension of Haile Selassie as Emperor of Ethiopia.
A Rastafarian woman is a Queen and must keep different standards than the women in “Babylonial” society or Western culture. Some of the standards include, no make up, no dressing in short skirts and they cannot use chemicals in their hair.