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Usain Bolt

Sean Paul

JAMAICA

Rastafarian Culture

Asafa Powel

Damian Marley

Capital:Kingston

In the 1920's, the people living in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica had little to celebrate or look forward to. They lived in grinding poverty and felt that their culture was being destroyed by white imperialism. Marcus Garvey changed that when he began to preach a new philosophy called "Back to Africa." This black self-empowerment movement taught that all blacks should move back to the home of their ancestors""Africa, "Look to Africa," Garvey proclaimed in 1920, "where a black man shall be crowned king, for the day of deliverance is at hand!". His prophetic statement resonated with Jamaicans when, in 1930, a black African named Ras Tafari Makonnen was named Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopa. His followers in Jamaica proclaimed themselves "Rastafarians" and Selassie the "Conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah." Rastafarians believe themselves to be one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Haile Selassie claimed to be a direct descendant of King David, and as time went on, he came to be regarded by Rastafarians as a manifestation of God, or "Jah" as they call him, on earth. In Rastafarianism, there is no afterlife, and so the Kingdom on earth becomes very important.

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