Itations of Jamaica and I Rastafari

  • ISBN-13: 9780951222201
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The history, culture, philosophy, and fundamental religious beliefs of the Jamaican Ras Tafari movement are explored in prose and poetry. Rastaman's struggle to survive as an artist in Jamaica. They also reveal the core concept of Rastafarianism itself; the idea that one is born with Rasta inside them, and a true Rasta lives every second of every day in spiritual contact with Jah, Rastafari. One cannot be a Sunday worshiper of Rastafarianism. For the Rastafarian artist, every stroke of every painting or each chip of wood from the sculpture is inspired by Jah. The birth of Rastafarianism created an important outlet for African-rooted artistic creativity, and the Rastafarian artists became the first ones to appear from a grassroots community. During the 1960's, there was a rise in political awareness of the Rastafarians, along with an effort to aid them in the routinization of their movement with the rest of Jamaican society. One of the results of this awareness was the participation of Rastafarians in the Jamaica National Festivals; in which many Rastas received medals for exceptional pieces of wood work. The one symbolization that is seen in almost every piece of Rastafarian art is simply the recurring use of four colors: red, green, gold, and black. Red, green, and black were the three colors related with the Marcus Garvey Movement, and the gold was adopted from the Jamaican flag. In fact, almost every country in Africa has two out of these four colors in their flags (shown on the following page) they also seem to share a theme of horizontal or vertical stripes of each color, with gold usually in-between red and green. Each of these colors has symbolic meaning: red stands for the blood of martyrs who died as a result of the African diaspora; green represents the lush vegetation of Africa; gold symbolizes the wealth of Africa that was stolen by European invaders; and black represents the Black African race.

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