I‘ve met some of the kindest, most welcoming and peaceful people to walk the planet since moving to Jamaica – and they happen to be Rastas. Which got me thinking about Rastafarianism. What is it all about? It is much more than a religion, it’s a social movement, a cultural expression- a way of life. Here are 10 Things You Should Know About Rastas:
1.Rastas use Marijuana to increase spiritual enlightenment.
2. Dreadlocks are not just a fashion statement.
The wearing of dreadlocks by Rastafarians is spiritual; They shall not make baldness upon their head. Leviticus 21:5. Another belief that led to dreadlocks among Rastas is that locks resemble the main of a lion. Haile Selassie was known as “the conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah”, thus strengthening the connection to Jah. The lion is often represented in Rasta art, as is Haile Selassie.