Monday, February 20, 2017
Growth of Rastafarianism
The Rastafarians grew to prominence among the poor people of the Caribbean because their beliefs turned Christianity into a black-centered religion. The twelve tribes of Israel were interpreted as the black races of the world; slavery in Babylon became a symbol for the dominance of whites; and Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was acclaimed (somewhat to his embarrassment) as the promised Deliverer who would one day take the oppressed “Israelites” back to their homeland.
John Allan, Shopping for a God, pg.27