The Rastafarians

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Beacon Press, 1988 - Religion - 306 pages
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The classic work on the history and beliefs of the Rastafarians, whose roots of protest go back to the seventeenth-century maroon societies of escaped slaves in Jamaica. Based on an extensive study of the Rastafarians, their history, their ideology, and their influence in Jamaica, The Rastafarians is an important contribution to the sociology of religion and to our knowledge of the variety of religious expressions that have grown up during the West African Diaspora in the Western Hemisphere.

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User Review  - Allie - Goodreads

This isn't a bad book at all. My Rastafari teacher is still using this book as the best overviews of the Rastafarian religion. The problem is just that the research is out-dated now and without ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

If you want to learn about rastafarian roots and history this is a pretty good book. I have read 2 books on rastafarianism and this is the better one. It sticks to the subject without spending to much ... Read full review


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Leonard E. Barrett, Sr., is emeritus professor of religion at Temple University. His previous works include Soul-Force: African Heritage in Afro-American Religion, which was nominated for a National Book Award, and The Sun and the Drum, an examination of the African roots of Jamaica's folk culture.

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