The Ganja is always smoked in a ritual way. Before smoking the plant the Rasta will say a prayer to Jah (God) or to Haile Selassie I. The Rasta call them reasoning sessions when they use Ganja for Nyabinghi.
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.”
Rastas are monotheists, worshipping a singular God whom they call Jah. The term “Jah” is a shortened version of “Jehovah”, the name of God in English translations of the Old Testament.
The King James Version of the Bible is the most popular Holy Bible and is the one used by Rastafarians. It was published in 1611 and has been the Standard English version for nearly 400 years. They believe that all other versions are corrupt and this version is the closest to the original manuscripts.
Before smoking the plant the Rasta will say a prayer to Jah (God) or to Haile Selassie I. The Rasta call them reasoning sessions when they use Ganja for Nyabinghi. A Nyabinghi session is much different from a casual marijuana smoking session that western people take part in.
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.
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’.
The role of Rastafarian women , who are called Queens, and the rules that apply specifically to women .
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.
Rastas , as members of the movement are called, see their past, present, and future in a distinct way. Jamaican Rastas are descendants of African slaves who were converted to Christianity in Jamaica by missionaries using the text of the King James Version of the Bible .
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.
RASTA means ” Rastafarian “. A Rastafarian is a person who adheres to the Rastafari belief. The Rastafari belief developed in Jamaica in the 1930s after the 1930 coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia. Those who follow the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastafari , Rastas or Rastafarians.
According to Rasta Leony Ruranganwa, who is a passionate Rastafarian , not everyone that has dreadlocks is a Rastafarian . Metal Mulangira, who is a Rastafarian as well, says that one can indeed be a Rastafarian without dreads by simply following their way of life. “ Rastas neither smoke cigarettes nor drink alcohol.
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”.
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.