#1 Rasta and Reggae Culture
I have never seen a place where it was so easy to stop and speak with a stranger for hours without any sort of excuse, Jamaicans are kind and humble, and they love to debate, sometimes the conversation has a combative tone and seem unending. If you don’t stop it, you could end up with 20 new “friends” a day. But careful, it is very common for those who haven’t traveled as much to think a traveler is a walking wallet, it wasn’t long ago that only the rich travelled, and many tourists are spoiled, and poorly accustomed to giving away money because they feel bad for the locals, this leads to them not seeing us as people with white they can have a cultural exchange, but rather only as a source of income and money, so it would see that which seems like friendship is more based on the hope of getting something from you more than anything else.
Time allows you the ability to distinguish different cases. It is easy to text these types of convenient relationships, as I always say, do not give away money, do not pay deposits, do not buy souvenirs or make large purchases in front of locals. Continue to insist that you have a limited budget and that money isn’t endless even though it seems to them that an ATM can always give us more.
The truth is that I always respond, “Why are you asking for money? Do I ask your brother for money? I do not like you looking at me as a bag of money, I am a human just like you. And if you do that because I am white, they could even be racist.” There are many ways to help locals, and I always mention ways in my practical tips articles, real help.
# Silvias Says Learn The History
Now I am going to get to the point, Jamaican background is a melting pot of dozens of them spread throughout the world, from the most obvious African to the less expected Asian, On the other hand, its culture, religion, and lifestyle is a very particular spiritual movement that has become internationally famous in the last few decades. We are all familiar with the rastafari style. But do we know where it comes from? Or how it is defined?
A rastafari consideres Haile Selassie I as the third reincarnation of Jah (an abreviation of the jewish god Yahveh), after Mohammed and Jesus. Selassie lead the liberación of its people during the 1920s and 1930s, it was particularly successful and influential among the lower class blacks in Jamaica, particularly in rural and urban communities. Haile reached the throne in Ethiopia in 1930 (we will discuss more in the Meet a local article – coming soon), since obviously he is found among the unknown hearts that which does not come to light in western history.
Now what concerns us know is that almost immediately after he became king, he won over his followers (among which would become known as the Rastas) united initially in the idea that Ethiopia was founded by Menelik I, son of Salomon and the Queen of Sabra, that which makes Ethiopians descendants of the ancient Israelites. In fact, their religious practices are very similar to Jews, as we have seen in the name of their god.
the bad thing about stereotypes and cliches is not that they are wrong but rather that they are incomplete
It is true that the fame of canibus is in the island, although it is not at all the only thing you will encounter in this country, just like all cliches, and as my dear Shaman “the bad thing about stereotypes and cliches is not that they are wrong but rather that they are incomplete.” But yes, marijuana is used by the rastafari as something sacred, since it held that it was found in the tomb of King Salomon, and it being a natural plant created by god, it is connected with the opening of consciousness allowing for an internal connection. Further, they believe that Jah, in the form of the most holy creation (incarnate), it lives within a human, within each one of us. And it coincides with the economic-philosophic idea of Babilonia (capitalist system), harming the fundamental values of humanity, and which seriously hurts the ecosystem and environment.
Music Is Culture
Music, high is always the best way to give thanks to god and, furthermore, also represents a weapon and manner of protest, accompanying you from the being of rastafari ceremonies, but it was the traditional Nyahbinghi music, and not reggae as many have thought. The African drums, and in particular the Burry drums (used by groups that were descendants of the Ashanti in Ghana).
Reggae also emerged in the beginning of the 1930s, in the marginalized neighborhoods in Kingston, specifically in Trenchtown, where they hear radio from the USA and they decided to create a fusion of the blues, soul, jazz and ska with the traditional folk music on the island. What really happened was that the rastafari movement grew in its popularity, just as much in Jamaica as outside of Jamaica, precisely at the same time as this style of music, and it clearly owes it connection among those that created Bob Marley.
It’s Not Just A Flag, It’s a Symbol
Returning to the topic of style, which is a known cliche, I believe that it is essential to be aware of the connection with the colors of the Ethiopian flag. Likewise, green represents the color of nature and it is protected and respected by the Rasta. Yellow represents the richness of the land. Red also represented the bloodshed of the black martyrs that fought for the Rastafari culture. Black, that is not part of the Ethiopian flag, is used to represent the African people. What is most surprising is what they say is that the Rasta hair style, that it is an attempt to be similar to the figure of Leon of Judah that also forms part of the flag.