It’s no secret that the meaning of the lyrics of modern young performers is not so easy to understand. Not only are borrowed words abundantly present there, but the familiar ones are used in an incomprehensible context. For example, in the lyrics of the rappers Miyagi, Andy Panda (Endgame), TumaniYO and others, the words “ja”, “rastafarai” and “Babylon” (Babylon) are often used. It is hard to believe that young singers are so excited about the history of the ancient world. In fact, these words are directly related to the young subculture / religion.
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Ras Tafari Makonnen
All of the above words come to us from Rastafarianism. It is difficult to call Rastafarianism a full-fledged religion – there are no divine services and traditional in the generally accepted form of events. This faith itself got its name in honor of the last emperor of Ethiopia. Before the coronation he was called races Tafari Makonnen (where “ras” is the highest military feudal title in Ethiopia) and only in 1930 received its official name Haile Selassie I…
The Rastafari believe that this particular person is the embodiment of God, Jah.
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What is Babylon (Babylon) among the Rastafarai?
An important message of Rastafarianism is rejection of the corrupt Western lifestyle… Symbolically, the “West”, the concentration of evil, is called Babylon (Babylon). For Rastafaras, the Holy Land is the territory of Ethiopia or Africa as a whole, as a place where faith was born.
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What is Zion?
Unlike “Babylon” – the abode of evil, Zion (Zion, Zion) in Rastafarianism is a place of unity, peace and freedom – a Mecca for Rastafarians. Often, Zion means either Africa as a whole, or Ethiopia, or not a specific geographical place, but a kind of state of mind a la samadhi in Hinduism.
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Who is Jah?
Interestingly, the word Jah, as the name of God, is quite ancient. In fact, this is the abbreviated name of the Old Testament biblical God Yahweh. And in this sacred book the word “Jah” occurs repeatedly. And even the well-known “hallelujah” literally means “praise Jah.” This religion did not appear by chance – in Ethiopia, Christianity has always had a traditional influence. It became a state faith here in 330. And today in the country more than 60% of citizens are Christians. This soil eventually sprouted the seeds “sown” by the preacher Marcus Garvey. He fought for the racial purity of blacks and, at the beginning of the 20th century, predicted the appearance of a black king on the African continent, which was actually captured by Europeans. The Bible was interpreted in such a way that Jesus Christ and all the main characters in this book were black, like the chosen Jewish people. But blacks were once given by God into slavery to whites as punishment for their sins and must live under the yoke of that very Babylon. But Jah will descend to earth and take her adepts to earthly paradise. Haile Selassie I, crowned in 1930, was considered a descendant of King Solomon himself and the incarnation of God Jah.
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The spread of Rastafarianism
Rastafarianism does not aggressively fight for new adherents. The religion itself is absolutely non-aggressive, preaching love for loved ones. It is believed that everyone should discover Jah in themselves. And the life of a rastaman (this is the name of the followers of this faith) should be based on African identity and fundamental external and internal differences from the “servants of Babylon.” At the same time, Rastafarianism allows the use of cannabis. It is believed that this helps to get rid of the superficial perception of the world, and simply to increase the tone of the body.
Bob Marley gave a powerful impetus to the spread of Rastafarianism through reggae music. Religious views matched well the atmosphere that reigned in Jamaica in the 1960s and 1970s. Marley’s songs were largely based on Rastafarian ideology and are full of its symbols. In conditions of extreme poverty, it is easy to believe that you are a representative of God’s chosen people, you just need to abandon the race for Western values and love your loved ones.
The reign of Haile Selassie I itself did not become blessed for Ethiopia. Under him, the country was occupied by Italy for a long time, and in the 1950s-1960s, internal problems began to accumulate actively: uprisings, famine. As a result, the “incarnation of Jah”, having already lost all power, died suddenly in 1975. The reasons for his death remained a mystery. But Ras Tafari still turned out to be the very symbol in which more than a million people around the world still believe. And the words associated with this unusual religion are actively mentioned in mass culture today.