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RASTAFARIANISM NON-VIOLENCE AND SURVIVAL Basic Principles Rastafarianism originated in Jamaica in the early 20th century as a response to their oppression by Western nations. Wanted to defy ‘Babylon’- western culture Utilized non-violence as basic mechanism to defy Babylon

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basic principles
Basic Principles
  • Rastafarianism originated in Jamaica in the early 20th century as a response to their oppression by Western nations.
  • Wanted to defy ‘Babylon’- western culture
  • Utilized non-violence as basic mechanism to defy Babylon
founding principles of sharers
Founding Principles of Sharers
  • A peaceful, autonomous society
  • Non-violence
  • Symbiotic relationship with nature - lifestyle complements natural world.
  • A way to rebel against the male aggressors in their past.
non violence resistance
NON-VIOLENCE RESISTANCE
  • Reggae music: primary way to “beat down Babylon”
  • ‘Dread talk’: a rejection of being “cultured” by European standards
  • Dreadlocks: a way to redefine beauty and promote pride in their African roots
  • Adoption of Ethiopian colors
reggae music
REGGAE MUSIC
  • Restores self-awareness and brings to light the African roots and identity.
  • “Teaches the people about the oppressive, deceptive, and divisive nature of the system under which they live.”
  • “Reggae is the Rastafarian vehicle for ‘political, cultureal, moral and religious purposes and protests.’”
the importance of dreadlocks
The Importance of Dreadlocks
  • Dreadlocks are a way to repudiate Babylon and its artificiality .
  • Origins in Levitical laws that forbid trimming and shaving.
  • Shaking the dreadlocks is a way to release sacred power --”mystic antenna” to connect with God and his “earthforce”.
  • Intended to inspire dread in the Babylonians in a non-violent fashion.
the role of ganja in rastafarianism and non violence
The Role of Ganja in Rastafarianism and Non-Violence
  • For Rastas, smoking ganja is seen as a way to tap into a state of mind in which the sacred can be accessed.
  • The calming effects and contemplation of the sacred are non-violent ways to combat their daily oppression
survivial and non violence
SURVIVIAL AND NON-VIOLENCE
  • Rastafarianism has allowed for the psychological survival of the inhabitants of Jamaica and other former colonies in the West Indies.
  • The non-violence component provides a means to rebel and maintain a degree of mental autonomy
  • Furthermore, the non-violent ‘weapons’ promote pride in African culture and allow that past heritage to survive the influence of Babylon
rastafarianism and door into ocean
Rastafarianism and Door into Ocean
  • Connection between the natural world and their lifestyle.
  • Rastas are often vegetarian, eating only fresh foods, like mango and coconut, and avoiding alcohol, meat, pork, and shellfish.
  • While the Sharers do eat shellfish, they too are devoted to eating naturally and living in harmony with the natural world
whitetrance and rastafarianism
Whitetrance and Rastafarianism
  • Whitetrance allows a psychological escape not unlike that which Rastafarianism provides.
  • “Whitetrance would be her own, her last line of defense, the state of consciousness that said ‘I choose freedom above life” (204)