Rastafari in its being is a collective. It theologically links the past to the future. It is the focal point of where one stands in relation to JAH. It transcends ideological barriers. It embodies African consciousness. It provides marginalized communities with a forum for activism and resistance. Its ‘Ital’ livity embodies an organic and sustainable lifestyle. Rastafari is a contemporary theological social movement.

Social movements encompass four main characteristics: informal interaction networks, shared beliefs and solidarity, collective action focusing on conflict and the use of protest.

These characteristics will flow lucidly throughout this discussion without distinct separation, as the topic Rastafari is a dynamic and living entity.

For any social movement to emerge or be born there is always a buildup, a prelude. Therefore, the catalytic circumstances that led to the emergence of Rastafari are resolutely and emphatically embedded in the contemporary and historical cultural shifts in ideological political action of these displaced African peoples. Their reproduction of images as vestiges of cultural semblance in a marginalized society that systematically incubates a mental consciousness is displayed through dogma, behavior, and rites. The continual updating, framing, deconstruction and reconstructing contextually inaugurated a lucid organization of values and norms.

By: Ras Chikuyu

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