The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Religion - 320 pages
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Going far beyond the standard imagery of Rasta—ganja, reggae, and dreadlocks—this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who taught an enslaved people how to be proud and impose their culture on the world. In the 1920s Leonard Percival Howell and the First Rastas had a revelation concerning the divinity of Haile Selassie, king of Ethiopia, that established the vision for the most popular mystical movement of the 20th century, Rastafarianism. Although jailed, ridiculed, and treated as insane, Howell, also known as the Gong, established a Rasta community of 4,500 members, the first agro-industrial enterprise devoted to producing marijuana. In the late 1950s the community was dispersed, disseminating Rasta teachings throughout the ghettos of the island. A young singer named Bob Marley adopted Howell's message, and through Marley's visions, reggae made its explosion in the music world.
  

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User Review  - Paulr - Goodreads

I had takin a Caribbean liberal at school and fell in love with the culture. I got this book and found it hard to read but too interesting to give up. Jah live! Read full review

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Contents

1 The Footsteps of a Spirit
1
2 The Bird Hunter
9
3 En Route to New York
19
4 Harlem
27
5 Athlyi Rogers Forerunner of the Rasta Movement
37
6 Early Companions
45
7 The Ethiopianists
53
8 First Sermons in St Thomas
63
19 Like Children of God in Paradise Interview with Blade Howell
169
20 A Stroll in Paradise
177
21 Howell and Bustamante
183
22 The 1954 Raid
189
23 The Ghettos
201
24 Pinnacles Last Days
211
25 God or the Devil?
221
26 The New Culture
227

9 Jail House
81
10 The NyaBinghis
89
11 The Hindu Legacy
97
12 From One Prison to Another
109
13 Bloody 38
119
14 Pinnacle
125
15 Life in the Hills
135
16 The First Raid
145
17 Howell and the Women
153
18 Ganja Plantation
161
27 Rasta MusicKumina or Burru?
233
28 Count Ossie
241
29 The 1960s
255
30 Reggae Stars
275
31 Twelve Tribes
283
32 The End
291
Notes
297
Index
302
Back Cover
307
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About the author (2012)

Stephen Davis is the author of Bob Marley, Hammer of the Gods, and Walk This Way. He lives in Milton, Massachusetts. Hélène Lee is a journalist for Libération, specializing in the music of Africa and the Caribbean.

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