Messianism, between past and future

Sarah Dayens

in Time and Memory in Reggae Music

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076213
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702116 | DOI:
Messianism, between past and future

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Through a rereading of the Bible and the identification to the Twelve Tribes of Israel, Rastafari sets up a religious construction of the origin, accompanied by a transmission of the past of slavery. The Rastafari movement rebuilds a lineage on the basis of identification to a past history, which operates from the present to the past. Messianism and millenarianism are among the most fertile expressions of religious belief, expressed through the articulation of the fundamental categories of expectation and hope; and they take on a particular density and intensity in situations of colonisation, slavery or oppression, where they mix religious beliefs, social revolt, identity affirmation or even national liberation. The Rastafari movement has a pronounced messianistic and millenarian character: Haile Selassie is the messiah who announces the end of the world as described in the Book of Revelation.

Keywords: Bible; Twelve Tribes; Rastafari movement; slavery; past; present; history; messianism; millenarianism; Haile Selassie

Chapter.  5881 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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