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Author Edmonds, Ennis Barrington.

Title Rastafari : a very short introduction / Ennis B. Edmonds.

Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    299.676 EDM    Available
Description xiv, 140 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Very short introductions ; 340
Very short introductions ; 340.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-132) and index.
Summary "From its obscure beginnings in Jamaica in the early 1930s, Rastafari has grown into an international socio-religious movement. It is estimated that 700,000 to 1 million people worldwide have embraced Rastafari, and adherents of the movement can be found in most of the major population centers and many outposts of the world. Most believers worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930-1974), as God incarnate. They often embrace the spiritual use of cannabis and reject western society, called Babylon. Believers proclaim Africa (also "Zion") as the original birthplace of mankind, and the call to repatriation to Africa is a key tenet. Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction provides an account of this widespread but often poorly understood movement. Ennis B. Edmonds looks at the essential history of Rastafari, including its principles and practices and its internal character and configuration. He examines its global spread, its far-reaching influence on cultural and artistic production in the Caribbean and beyond, and its handling of gender issues."--Publisher's website.
Contents Movement of Jah people: the history of Rastafari in Jamaica -- 'Rastatology' and 'livity': the principles and practices of Rastafari -- Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafari -- Rastafari international: the making of a global movement -- Kingmen, queens, and dawtas: gender issues in Rastafari -- 'The Head Corner Stone': Rastafari and Caribbean culture.
Subject Rastafari movement.
ISBN 9780199584529 (pbk.)
0199584524 (pbk.)

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