In our lifetime, there have been a great number of groups and movements form that symbolize what people believe in; these movements or ‘groups’ come together to discuss their goals, they have a certain belief, and they always stick together when times are good and bad. This is the type of camaraderie you will find amongst the ‘Rasta’, or ‘Rastafarians’, as they have one reigning faith and live a lifestyle they believe is pleasing to their monotheistic deity which is named Jah. The term ‘Rastafarian’ refers to a mixture of ‘Rasta’ which means ‘head’, and ‘tafari’, which is the actual bestowed name of Haile Selassie I, the once great emperor of Ethiopia.
In the Rastafarian lifestyle, it is believed that Haile is the actual rebirth of Jesus Christ, which is the reason they worship this man so closely. It is believed, too, that this entity will lead them to the pinnacle of everlasting life in an area called Zion, which will ultimately become the Heaven for Rastafarians. This religion has many strong beliefs that extend past the traditional Christian-based values; for example, there is a strong worship and necessity for the lion that appears on the Ethiopian flag as well as the fact that Rasta’s use cannabis as a spiritual tool rather than for the traditional recreational ‘high’. It is believed that Haile will return much in the same manner Jesus Christ will; the exact moment or day is unknown at this point. And finally, the true Rasta’s do not believe in any particular government movement or sect; in fact, they attempt to avoid religion at all costs.
The Rasta’s are mainly identified by their extremely long and well-worked hair that is worn in dread locks that seem to look permanent while wearing festive hats that resemble their colors of red, gold and green; these hats, often referred to as Rasta caps or Rasta beanies, are worn by people of all ages and sexes and symbolize their love for the Ethiopian country. And, of course we all know and love the style of music that comes from the Rasta movement which is called reggae and symbolizes the beliefs and written words of the Rastafarian sect. These people are extremely kind and laid back, so if you see one around you give him or her a friendly hello.