The Rastafari movement, founded by descendents of black slaves fighting for emancipation, challenged the established religious and political order introduced by white colonial powers. The young religion reinterpreted the bible and offered perspectives of freedom to people traumatized by four centuries of slavery. It is a messianic movement and clearly one of the grand freedom fighting movements in the history of mankind, but the media, fascinated by the iconic Bob Marley, have often considered Rastafarians to be little more than marijuana and dreadlocks. For nearly a century now, the spiritual children of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, have taken their beliefs across the world. Noël Quidu followed them to Jamaica, Ethiopia, the United States and Europe, and presents an honest view of the brotherhood as they turn their backs on pagan “Babylon” to reach the promised land of Zion.
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