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p. 523. Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafarilocked

  • Ennis B. Edmonds


Rastafari is not like Christian denominations. It is not homogenous. It is not able to regulate the behaviour of its members or dictate their beliefs. It is more like other African diaspora religious traditions. Connections are made through personal relationships. Rastafari is a network of individuals and groups joined by such relationships and a shared cultural ethos. Why does Rastafari lack any sort of centalized hierarchical structures? What does it use instead? The concept of ‘grounding’ indicates the ritual and social activities that establish and sustain one's consciousness as Rastafari.

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