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"Likewise, ganga or marijuana is considered to be the `holy herb' mentioned in the Bible and its smoking is a holy sacrament to many" (Ibid, June/July 1994, p. As Barrett explains, through the use of ganga, the Rastafarian reaches an altered state of consciousness.
In this altered state, "the revelation that Haile Selassie is God and that Ethiopia is the home of the Black" is realized.
With its beginnings in the Jamaican slums, Rastafarianism has spread throughout the world and currently has a membership of over 700,000 (The Rastafarians: Sounds of Cultural Dissonance, Leonard E. Marcus Garvey, born in 1887, would direct the philosophical ideologies that would eventually grow into the Rastafarian movement. If you wish to know more check out the Rastafarian forum Founder: Marcus Garvey's philosophy is credited as the beginning point.Founding Date: 1930 Official Publication: None Organization Structure: No official church buildings or leaders. Unique Terms: Babylon is Jamaica or the establishment.A religion with deep political convictions, Rastafarianism began in the slums of Jamaica in the 1920s and 30s.
African religious tradition has heavily influenced the culture of Rastafarianism and biblical themes have heavily influenced the religion's belief system.The most famous Rastafari is arguably Bob Marley, whose reggae music gained the Jamaican movement international recognition.