First of all InI give thanks for all answers meaning a lot to the I
I would like to continue this thread if some of the I's wa fi join innit
The South African Midas H. Chawane have made an article about Rastafari liverty vs religion. (he thinks it's a religion) He say himself it's Rastafari's religious character that maintains its existence.
- Midas: "But when other aspects of the definitions are used, such as a unified system of beliefs and practices, Rastafarianism qualifies as a religion. Rastafarians' objection to classify their movement as a religion is that of institutionalizing religion into a church (Harrison 2006: 132-152), however, this cannot be true because in South Africa there are Rastafarian churches which are known as houses with branches in most townships"
Now I would not call it a religion I self, cuz our so called "churches" is not holy in any way, but a place where we can share our spirituality, learn from each other and play good Nyabingi. But InI overstand why its hard to discern if we look ahead
-Midas: " When looking at the definition of the concept religion, it does not exclude Rastafarianism. Considering that there are remarkable similarities between Rastafarianism and other religious movement especially Judaism and Christianity, it can be concluded that Rastafarianism possesses enough features to be called a religious movement. The fact that Rastafarianism is concerned with the economic and political aspects of human existence does not disqualify it as a religion, considering that both African and liberation theologies are concerned with similar issues but they are still classified as religious movements."
-Midas: "Most aspects of Rastafarianism such as dreadlocks, the use of sacrament, the concept of Zion and Babylon, its association with Zionism, Haile Selassie and the Solomonic Dynasty all makes it more of a religious movement. What makes Rastafarianism a religious movement is that it is grounded on religious principles that they share with other religious movements. What can be said thus, is that Rastafarianism is a religion that concentrates not only in the spiritual lives of its adherents but also their history, political, social and economic lives."
So the dreadlocks we can cut out cuz yuh nuh need dread to be rasta, but all these spiritual tobics holding the movement together in the end as religious principles?
What do you think?
What is your view