Mount Zion and the Rastas
The Rasta is a spiritual movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica, a country with a predominantly Christian culture where 98% of the people were the black descendants of slaves. Part of the movement is the rejection of western society, called Babylon. The adherents proclaimed Africa, called “Zion”, as the original birthplace of mankind, and called for repatriation to Africa. They claimed that Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, was God incarnate and would lead the righteous into creating a perfect world called “Zion”.
However, there is truly a Mount Zion in St. Ann, Jamaica, known as the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley now. Marley is credited with helping spread raggae music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
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