from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A religious and political movement originating in Jamaica in the 1930s that bases its doctrine on selections from the Bible and regards Ethiopia as the Promised Land and Haile Selassie as a messiah, with many members advocating nonviolence and rejecting materialism.
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- proper n. A religion that emerged in Jamaica in the 1930s out of biblical prophecy and rising black aspirations.
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- n. a religious cult based on a belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the Promised Land
D, I chose pedant ism to indicate more of day to day, lifestyle, immersive kind of application - as in Rastafarianism or communism, rather than the actual episode of nitpicking [pedantry] that is mercifully brief.
A chapter on Max Romeo's "War Ina Babylon" includes a thorough précis of Rastafarianism, the roots of reggae and Jamaican national politics; even the price of the island's native aluminum ore figures in.
He's a physically towering figure who operates at a mystical junction of Judaism and Rastafarianism, combining dancehall with elements of hip-hop, such as beatboxing.
Did you know there are more followers of Rastafarianism in the United States than there are Scientologists?
EW: Not really into Rastafarianism, but just, likes dreads.
Today, the philosophy of Bambaataa's Zulu Nation feels like an improbable cross between Garveyism and Buddhism, with some Islam and Rastafarianism thrown in for good measure.
After he has read, Barry Chevannes, a brilliant scholar on Rastafarianism and one of the key cultural leaders and intellectuals on the island, reads.
How the reggae artists got to that place of seeing no inherent contradiction between the sensual and the spiritual can be traced to many things, not the least of which would be the multiple cultural sources that fed Rastafarianism — from African to India.
She told me that homosexuality is heavily discouraged under Rastafarianism, one of the religious bodies on the islands.
Similarly, look at what might be the most famous black/white biracial man in modern history, Bob Marley, whose in spite of his general worldwide appeal as an artist/lyricist was also the world's greatest booster/prophet for Rastafarianism.
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