Rastafarianism

Petray, Theresa (2020) Rastafarianism. In: Possamai, Adam, and Blasi, Anthony J., (eds.) The SAGE encyclopedia of the sociology of religion. Sage Publications, Los Angeles, USA, pp. 659-661.

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[Extract:] Rastafarianism is a religion that emerged from Jamaica in the 1930s. Today, it has an estimated one million followers around the globe. Rastafari, as practitioners call it, is an Abrahamic religion, sharing many features with Judeo-Christian faiths, though the Rastafari name for their deity is Jah. Rastafari is considered both a New Religious Movement and a social movement; it has political roots and aims towards social justice. A key belief of Rastafari is that Africans are Jah’s chosen people and Africa is their Promised Land, or Zion.

Item ID: 62522
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-1-4739-4220-2
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Sage Publications, Inc.
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 05:27
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 100%
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