A cult which spread from the West Indies to both the USA and the UK among young Blacks during the 1980s. It sees the (deposed) Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (born Ras Tafari Mekonnen), as symbolically the rightful protector of African civilization and the representative of the true message of the Gospels. It was a Black interpretation of Christianity, whereby Blacks were God's chosen people. Rastafarianism helped to give Black minority groups a degree of self-respect in an often hostile and essentially White culture.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.