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Think being Rastafari is all about smoking ganja? Think again! It is actually a pretty deep philosophy that is tied to the Bible. Here are some interesting things you should probably know about this culture.

 10 Things to Know About Rastafari Culture

10 Things to Know About Rastafari Culture

By The Stoner's Cookbook

When most people hear the word “Rastafari,” they think of Bob Marley, smoking ganja and dreadlocks. However, it's actually a pretty serious philosophy. Here are some things to know about the culture.

  • The Rastafari Colors

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Red, green, black and yellow are the official colours. Yellow refers to the wealth of Africa. Red represents blood and martyrdom. Black stands for the people and green is for African plant life.

  • It's Not All About Smoking Cannabis

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Many people are attracted to the idea of being Rastafari because it gives them an excuse to smoke ganja. However, it is optional and is not at all central to the beliefs. 

  • Special Diet

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The Rastafari diet is centred around eating natural foods that are good for you. There's focus on excluding processed foods and even red meat, backed by the thinking that it rots your body.

  • Don’t Call Them “Rastafarians”

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Rastafari actually don’t like being called this because they believe that being referenced as “ians” and “isms” represents the corrupt “Babylonian” system that oppresses people all over the world.

  • Your Body is Your Temple

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    In Rastafari, your body is considered your temple, so you need to take care of yourself. This also is why they grow their hair long, as they don't taint it with anything deemed unnatural.

  • Babylon Movement

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The Rastafari movement originated in Jamaica, where most of the black individuals had been slaves forced from Africa to work. This is a reason why they reject the Western style of thinking.

  • Africa is Their Version of Paradise

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    They often rely heavily on the Bible when it comes to their religious beliefs, so they believe in a specific paradise. Africa is this paradise as they look to honour their original home of freedom.

  • They Have Their Own Dialect

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This offshoot of Jamaican Creole dialect known as Lyaric is their trademark. English was developed and modified by the African slaves who were brought to Jamaica to formulate it.

  • Haile Selassie is Their Second Coming Of Christ

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    A core part of the philosophy, in the early 1900s, Marcus Garvey prophesied that a new black king would soon come to Africa. Shortly after, this new Ethiopian king was crowned and seen as Jesus.

  • Grounation Day (April 21)

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    April 21 has been known to the Rastafari as Grounation Day and is one of the most important holy days. This came to be when Haile Selassie visited Jamaica and the people believed he came to meet them.

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