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Margaret the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia

Margaret the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia

Life as a Rasta woman

The basic beliefs of a Rastafarian are to uphold the truth, defend good over evil and to do the will of God here on earth.

Facts

Rastafari means:-
Ras = head
Tafari = Creator

Haile Selassie means:-
Haile = Power
Selassie = Power of the trinity

Rastafarianisim is not a religion, it is a group of people who go under the the name of rastafari.

Sharon and Margaret made history for being the first western women to be baptised in Ethiopia.

Spiritual names:

Margaret's = Ehte Eyesus: Sister of Christ

Sharon's = Ekirte Eyesus: Love of Christ

Ethiopia, specifically, Africa in general, is considered the Rastas' heaven on earth, the homeland.

The funeral of the last emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, took place in November 2000.

Emperor Haile Selassie is the only foundation stone of the Rastafarian Faith

Having dreadlocks is not central to being a Rasta

The basic beliefs of a Rasta is to uphold the truth and defend good over evil.

Sharon and Margaret made history for being the first western women to be baptised in in the region of Lallibella, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, specifically, Africa in general, is considered the Rastas' heaven on earth, the homeland.

The Lion of Judah symbol - The lion represents to Rastafarians Selassie as the "King of Kings," as the lion is King; representing the lineage of the King from the Tribes of Israel. The emblem was once worn by the Emperor as a signet.

Being a Rastafarian means different things to different people. As for me, being a Rasta woman means that I am ordained by God to emanate his will here on earth and to keep the 10 commandments.

Faith is hope in the unseen, to know that the Lord Almighty God will never let us down come what may. When we are in need of peace, strength, courage and solutions, if we have faith and do his will he will never fail us.

Rastafarian man

Rastafarian man

Rastafarianism is not a religion...

Rastafarianism is not a religion, it is a group of people who go under the the name of Rastafari.

Many people view Rastafarian as a none Christian faith. This is a myth!

The name Rasta comes from a shorten version of Rastafarian being one of the names of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, who directs his people to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

His Majesty is the head of the Orthodox Church and on many occasions he has encouraged all God's people to keep the 10 commandments. These speeches are recorded and written down.

As stated above the basic beliefs of a Rasta is to uphold the truth and defend good over evil, to do the will of God here on earth. These are the teachings of God.

Emperor Haile Selassie I

Emperor Haile Selassie I

About Haile Selassie I

Born 1892 in Ethiopia, in the royal house of David, his bloodline is descendent from Solomon and Sheba and related in the family bloodline to Jesus Christ.

Emperor Haile Selassie I is the only foundation stone of the Rastafarian faith and the modern day descendent and defender of the biblical faith.

Haile Selassie is a devout Christian. He is a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian.

Haile Selassie accepted the Holy Bible and had a translation made in 1952 - "all the scriptures were written for our instruction, we desire that the light which comes from the scriptures may shine to all' (taken from a selected speech of His Imperial Majesty, 23/7/1961).

Prayer and worship...

Every day I pray as it is written in the good book of life - the Bible, which instructs us to watch and pray.

Fasting as a Orthodox Christian is imperative to build and strengthen the spirit. Christ and his apostles fasted always, as did his imperial majesty. We do many fasts: some, in remembrance of past prophets and saints and holy men of times passed by.

Margaret (right) with friend Sharon (left)

Margaret (right) with friend Sharon

Wearing my locks with pride...

I wear my locks as an outward sign of what I represent - a women who loves and serves almighty God.

I got my locks by not combing my hair. I didn't add anything neither did I twist it, I just let it locks up naturally.

As for caring for my locks, I wash them regularly with shampoo nothing special, I also use an olive oil spray to keep them soft.

Don't have to be dread to be Rasta...

Having dreadlocks is not central to being a Rasta - rendering your heart is what is required. Note that Emperor Haile Selassie I, who is the foundation stone of the Rastafarian faith and movement which has been founded on his name, wears no dreadlocks.

When going to church, it is expected of us to cover our heads.

The origin of dreadlock comes from the times of Moses when there was a tribe called the Nazarenes (read in the Bible: Numbers: chapter 6) who wore dreadlocks, as did Samson as a sign of their covenant to the almighty God.

Rastafarian flag

Rastafarian flag

The Flag...

The red, gold, and green coloured flag is the Ethiopian Orthodox flag. Religious symbols include:

The Lion of Judah - Taken from the heraldic symbol of the biblical Tribe of Judah, Genesis 49: 8-10.

Star of David - The Star of David, or also called the Star of Solomon, is used many times to symbolize the Rastafarian religion. Haile Selassie was descendant from King Solomon and King David, hence the use of the symbol.

The cross - symbolises The cross of Jesus Christ saviour of the world.

Do's and Don'ts...

Rastafarians live by loving thy neighbour as you love yourself and to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, irrespective of race colour or creed.

Personally I don't eat pork due to its uncleanness, although Christ said that all is good - it's just a matter of choice.

Being a vegan I don't eat meat, fish or dairy products, this is as I said is a matter of choice. I choose to be vegan due to healthy eating reasons.

Being a member of the Orthodox church we have various types of fasting. One of those is to fast from dairy products and meat. At other times, we exercise total fasting: nothing to eat or drink before Holy Communion.

Rasta man smoking ganja

Rasta man smoking ganja

Smoking the herb...

Smoking is not an healthy option. The Bible does tell us not to use our nostrils as a chimney. Still everything, like I said, is about choice and some chose to smoke while others refrain.

For most Rastas, ganja goes with the territory, it opens the mind and is good for meditation. It was found on Solomon's grave and the Bible says all herbs are for the healing of the nation and it's a fact that ganja is a herb.

Becoming a Rasta...

Anyone can become a Rasta by following the teachings of His Imperial Majesty who directs us to Christ's teachings. Therefore we must uphold all that is require of us and that is by doing the will of God here on earth.

One Love, Maggie

last updated: 04/07/07

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