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p. 1106. ‘The head cornerstone’: Rastafari and Caribbean culturelocked

  • Ennis B. Edmonds

Abstract

Rastafari came from humble beginnings, yet it was able to become a huge creative force influencing cultural production in Jamaica and beyond. The influence Rastafari has had on contemporary Caribbean culture can be seen in Rastafari's role in the development and dissemination of Jamaican popular music and its impact on the growth of visual arts after the 1960s. Rastafari also has an influence in the literary arts of contemporary Caribbean fiction and poetry, performing arts, and also the arts and crafts sold to tourists as emblems of Caribbean culture.

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