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p. 322. ‘Rastalogy’ and ‘livity’: the principles and practices of Rastafarilocked

  • Ennis B. Edmonds


Where do the worldview, symbols, and lifestyles of Rastafari come from? Rastas and scholars of Rastafari employ the term ‘Rastology’ to mean the totality of Rastafarian ideas, and ‘livity’ to designate the religious and cultural practices of the movement. Those that adhere to the movement are convinced by the centrality of Haile Selassie, the importance of InI consciousness, the critique of Babylon and aspirations for repatriation, the iconic dreadlock hairstyle and ‘dreadtalk’, and the pursuit of livity. Now, Rastafari represents a people disaffected by and dissatisfied with Western civilization on the margins of society. The spread of its music, art, and literature has catapulted Rastafari into a worldwide cultural force.

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