Monday, November 2, 2015

Interfaith Days: Haile Selassie's Coronation

Cover story in 1930
In the Rastafarian faith, today is an important day: the anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1930. This site provides historical background and Emperor Selassie's own words about the occasion, and this site is also helpful. This site indicates: "The Rastafarians (or Ras Tafarians), members of a political-religious movement among the black population of Jamaica, worship Haile Selassie I, 'Might of the Trinity.' His original name was Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), and he was emperor of Ethiopia under the name Ras (meaning "Prince") Tafari. Rastafarians consider the Ethiopian emperor the Messiah and son of God, and the champion of their race. Their beliefs, which combine political militancy and religious mysticism, include taboos on funerals, second-hand clothing, physical contact with whites, the eating of pork, and all magic and witchcraft….The dedication of babies to Ras Tafari, recitations, and singing are typically part of the celebrations on this day."

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