Rastafarianism In Jama's Neo-Colonism

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The spiritual perception associated with Rastafarians wearing dreads has changed significantly over the past years. The views of which, are clearly exemplified in the lyrics of several reggae songs produced by popular artist such as Bob Marley. Rasta’s had always and continues to be identified by their personal appearance and cultural connection to Jamaica. The purpose of the music associated with this religion is to promote positive message. For this reason I am interested in studying the identities of the Rastafari religion. Also, I am interested in learning more about Rastafarianism because of my own Jamaican heritage and the significance of reggae music that was introduced to me since childhood.
Since the time of its establishment the Rastafarian religion has grown to become more than a movement of major cultural and political force in Jamaica. But rather it has taken the path of being the form of resistance that has challenged Jamaica’s “neo-colonist society’s attempt to keep whites at the top and blacks at the bottom of the socio-economic structure” (King-Jensen 17). The Rastafarian movement adapted some elements of the Nazarite vow as part of the religion. The vow entails that individuals should abstain from wine, vinegars, grapes, and intoxicating liquors. They should stop cutting their hair to allow for the locks to grow in their hair. The practices Rasta’s abide by are significant to their resistance against the norms of society.
Rastafarians appearances and beliefs distinguish them from what society dictated them to be. Amongst themselves hair culture began in 1934 with the origination of members growing beard and being called the bearded men. The Dreadful and Sons of Thunder where the ones who elected to “wear their...

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...ng up in the music" (Wexler).
The impact of Mob Marley’s songs remains great examples of the way Rastafarian ideologies and beliefs have been capable of breaking down barriers that had at one time separated a society from a culturally established religion. His song “Smile Jamaica” was immensely moving because it was created for a concert to bring people together no matter the political party they represented. Jammin’ was also made for the same purpose but was more in depth about how political violence was causing division and tension amongst society. Bob Marley use proverbs and Jamaican folklore in his song “Rat Race” to describe political corruption. In addition his song, Get up, Stand up was made to empower people to make peace and stand up for their rights. All together Rasta’s have demonstrated a successful revolution by resisting the dominant ideas and beliefs.

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