Rastafari: Roots and Ideology

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Syracuse University Press, 1994 - Religion - 298 pages
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Interviews with 30 converts from the 1930s and 1940s are a component of Barry Chevanne's book, a look into the origins and practices of Rastafarianism. From the direct accounts of these early members, he is able to reconstruct pivotal episodes in Rastafarian history to offer a look into a subgroup of Jamaican society whose beliefs took root in the social unrest of the 1930s.
 

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RASTAFARI: Roots and Ideology

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Chevannes (Sociology/Univ. of the West Indies, Jamaica) uses oral history, interviews, and a good deal of historical interpretation and synthesis to present a history of Rastafarianism, the Jamaican ... Read full review

Rastafari: roots and ideology

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According to social anthropologist Chevannes, understanding the Jamaican-born movement that takes its name after the prince, or ras, named Tafari Makonnen who was crowned in 1930 as Ethiopia's Emperor ... Read full review

Contents

The Spirit of Resistance
1
The Uprooting
44
The Enlightenment
78
Early Leaders and Organizations
119
Enter the Dreadlocks
145
The Bobo Dread
171
The Era of the Dreadlocks
189
Word Sound and Power
208
Repatriation and Divination
231
Rastafari and the Wider World
255
Bibliography
283
Index
291
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Chevannes is a leading scholar of African-Caribbean religions and lectures in anthropology at the University of the West Indies.

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