It wasnt my intention to make this a reasoning about fasting, but all well and good, i will say one more thing about it
Concerning,the Buddha Sidharta,the prince.
Prior to his enlightenment, he spent a period of time as a wandering ascetic. He fasted so much that he reduced himself to a living skeleton.
After six years of this,he found that it was not the way to get to where he wanted.
He abandoned this method, considering it to be a method of excess.
This is when he started on what is called the "middle way", a way of moderation in which he rejected both too much indulgence and too much self mortification.
I think we would all do well to learn from his mistake.
SunofMan, i will still stand by what i said regarding self flaggelation, it dont matter much to me if you can find evidence of it in Ethiopia.
I can overs what you say about "arduous acts of asceticism" . We can look at ones like St Tekle Haimanot, who is said to have stood for so long that one of his legs fell off and continued standing on one foot for seven more years.
These people are examples of the concept of mind over matter
But when you talk about self flagellation, i would not say these acts are done out of an intense love of Igziabiher, i would say they are done out of a misguided love of Igziabiher.
At the end of the day, all i know is i Father Emperor Selassie I, and i know enough of HIM to know ,thats not how He wants i to show my Love for HIM.
I am Rastafari, i leap and shout in Joy before i Father, I dance as did i forefather King David dance with all his might