The Jesus and Haile Selassie Analogy – Rastafari (Part 2 of the Analogy Series)


If you are not familiar with who Haile Selassie was, don’t worry, most people aren’t.

The lion on the flag is a representation of the time when Jesus wrapped up his ministry as the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah”.  That particular reference is actually the constellation Leo, the Lion.  Jesus’ life can be traced through the entire spiritual zodiac, from the Virgin to the Lion.  It’s astrological in nature, but the religious masses will never see that because they don’t want to or are too afraid to.

Here is a brief rundown of the religion called Rastafari and the man who sparked its birth.

Rastafari, also known as Rastafarianism, is an Abrahamic religion that developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. Scholars of religion and related fields have classified it as both a new religious movement and a social movement. There is no central authority in control of the movement and much diversity exists among practitioners, who are known as Rastafari, Rastafarians, or Rastas.

Rastas refer to their beliefs, which are based on a specific interpretation of the Bible, as “Rastalogy”. Central is a monotheistic belief in a single God—referred to as Jah—who partially resides within each individual. Haile Selassie, the Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930 and 1974, is given central importance. Many Rastas regard him as an incarnation of Jah on Earth and as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, another figure whom practitioners revere. Other Rastas regard Haile Selassie not as Jah incarnate but as a human prophet who fully recognized the inner divinity in every individual. Rastafari is Afrocentric and focuses its attention on the African diaspora, which it believes is oppressed within Western society, or “Babylon”. Many Rastas call for the resettlement of the African diaspora in either Ethiopia or Africa more widely, referring to this continent as the Promised Land of “Zion”. Rastas refer to their practices as “livity”. Communal meetings are known as “groundations”, and are typified by music, chanting, discussions, and the smoking of cannabis, the latter being regarded as a sacrament with beneficial properties. Rastas place emphasis on what they regard as living “naturally”, adhering to ital dietary requirements, twisting their hair into dreadlocks, and following patriarchal gender roles.

Rastafari originated among impoverished and socially disenfranchised Afro-Jamaican communities in 1930s Jamaica. Its Afrocentric ideology was largely a reaction against Jamaica’s then-dominant British colonial culture. It was influenced by both Ethiopianism and the Back-to-Africa movement promoted by black nationalist figures like Marcus Garvey. The movement developed after several Christian clergymen, most notably Leonard Howell, proclaimed that Haile Selassie’s crowning as emperor in 1930 fulfilled a Biblical prophecy. By the 1950s, Rastafari’s counter-cultural stance had brought the movement into conflict with wider Jamaican society, including violent clashes with law enforcement. In the 1960s and 1970s, it gained increased respectability within Jamaica and greater visibility abroad through the popularity of Rasta-inspired reggae musicians like Bob Marley. Enthusiasm for Rastafari declined in the 1980s, following the deaths of Haile Selassie and Marley, but the movement survived and has a presence in many parts of the world.

The Rasta movement is decentralized and organized on a largely cellular basis. There are several denominations, or “Mansions of Rastafari”, the most prominent of which are the Nyahbinghi, Bobo Ashanti, and the Twelve Tribes of Israel, each offering a different interpretation of Rasta belief. There are an estimated 700,000 to 1 million Rastas across the world; the largest population is in Jamaica, although communities can be found in most of the world’s major population centers. The majority of practitioners are of black African descent, although a minority come from other ethnic groups.

So, Haile Selassie was believed to be the second coming of Jesus.  How and why did this manifest?

To begin with, he never asked to be elevated to God status.  In fact, he repeatedly asked his followers to stop referring to him as the second incarnation of Jesus.  We actually have proof of this.  One has to think that if your own god is protesting your worship of him and telling you to stop you would pay attention, but to this day he is revered and worshipped by people that refuse to do their own research and find out the truth.

Do you see the parallel with Jesus?  This is all very similar to how it happened originally with Christianity.  Maybe Jesus, if he ever existed at all, also told his followers to stop worshipping him, yet they persisted, and here we are over two thousand years later in a mess to end all messes.

The only records we have of Jesus and his sayings are the ones written down by his followers.  Maybe every record of Jesus is just as made up as the records of Haile Selassie.  We’ll never know, especially since the church was fairly thorough about destroying any records that were contrary to what they were trying to force upon the unsuspecting people of the world during the Dark Ages, Spanish Inquisition, Crusades, etc.  What a dark time for humanity.

Anyway, here is a list of what was believed of Haile Selassie.  It’s hard to miss the parallels with Jesus.

  1.  A god-like figure descending and manifesting on earth that was prophesied in Old Testament writings.
  2.  A birth surrounded by miracles.
  3. A child with seemingly God-given power and wisdom.
  4. A man who could perform miracles in the presence of others.
  5. A man who was worshipped and believed to be divine even by people that never met him.
  6. Believed to be the living incarnation of God, who is believed to still be alive even though we have proof of his death.
  7. He is still prayed to and communicates with his followers.
  8. It’s prophesied that he will return again to gather up his followers and live together in a “kingdom of God.”

This mythology was built while he was still alive, and it’s alive and well today.

Don’t believe everything you hear.  Do your own research and be thorough.  Because the truth is often buried beneath mountains of myth, allegory, symbolism and misinterpretation.  I wonder what records the church burned and what secrets they held?  We’ll never know…

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