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Jah KingdomRastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization$
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Monique A. Bedasse

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633596.001.0001

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Without Vision the People Perish

Without Vision the People Perish

The Divine, Regal, and Noble Afrikan Nation

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(p.20) 1 Without Vision the People Perish
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Jah Kingdom
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Monique A. Bedasse

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633596.003.0002

This chapter begins in Jamaica where Rastafarians formulated the philosophy that sent them in search of Africa. It demonstrates Rastafari’s internal complexity by examining all facets of the worldview: from religious imaginaries and rituals to political commitments and strategies. It then goes on to situate the Rastas who went to Tanzania amid this plurality with a view to explaining who these particular Rastafarians were.

Keywords:   Universal Rastafari Improvement Association (URIA), Livity, Twelve Tribes of Israel, Nyabingi, Haile Selassie I, gender, religion, Walter Rodney, socialism, capitalism

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