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Rastafarians

  • By: David Keys
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

A millenarian movement of Afrocentric Black Jamaicans deriving their tag, “Rastafari,” directly from their deity, Emperor Haile Selassie I (Ras meaning duke or head combined with the emperor's precoronation name Tafari Makonnen), Rastas emerged from the Jamaican working classes in the ...

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