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Religion and Theology
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Name Tutor Course Date The Rastafari Movement Hall, Tim. “Rastafarianism: origins and beliefs.” The telegraph, 12 Apr 2007. Web. 18 Oct 2013. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1548384/Rastafarianism-Origins-and-beliefs.html) The article summarizes the origin of the Rastafari movement, which is believed to have begun in Jamaica in 1930.
The leaders of Rastafari came up with doctrines of the religion, which include despising the whites, reading the Bible, growing dreadlocks, and smoking cannabis. The followers of the religion interpret the Bible in an afro-centric way; because they believe that the white people altered the meaning of the readings in the text. Bob Marley, a reggae singer, is one of the followers of the movement. Tim argues that Bob’s songs contain the doctrines of Rastafarians (Hall 6). Hall believes that the movement is a way of life because it lacks organization like other religions. The author is an evangelist in Australia, and he researches about religious movements in the world. The article is relevant to my research because it explains the origin of the movement and its principles. The author states the founders of the movement, and he also gives an example of Bob Marley as a Rastafarian. The author has failed to give an example of principle that Marley spreads through his reggae songs (Hall 8). The author also fails to give details of how Haile Selassie 1 and Garvey succeeded in creating the movement, even after claiming that they died as a result of their struggle to save Africans from slavery. ...
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