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First Rasta Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism

ISBN-10: 1556525583
ISBN-13: 9781556525582
Edition: 2015
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Description: Going far beyond the standard imagery of Rasta—ganja, reggae, and dreadlocks—this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who taught an enslaved people how to be proud and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Going far beyond the standard imagery of Rasta—ganja, reggae, and dreadlocks—this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who taught an enslaved people how to be proud and impose their culture on the world. In the 1920s Leonard Percival Howell and the First Rastas had a revelation concerning the divinity of Haile Selassie, king of Ethiopia, that established the vision for the most popular mystical movement of the 20th century, Rastafarianism. Although jailed, ridiculed, and treated as insane, Howell, also known as the Gong, established a Rasta community of 4,500 members, the first agro-industrial enterprise devoted to producing marijuana. In the late 1950s the community was dispersed, disseminating Rasta teachings throughout the ghettos of the island. A young singer named Bob Marley adopted Howell's message, and through Marley's visions, reggae made its explosion in the music world.

Stephen Davis is the author of numerous books, including "The New York Times" bestsellers "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga" & "Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith", & coauthor of "Fleetwood", the memoirs of Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. His journalism has appeared in "Rolling Stone", "The New York Times", "The Boston Globe", & many other publications. He lives in New England.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Footsteps of a Spirit
The Bird Hunter
En Route to New York
Harlem
Athlyi Rogers, Forerunner of the Rasta Movement
Early Companions
The Ethiopianists
First Sermons in St. Thomas
Jail House
The Nya-Binghis
The Hindu Legacy
From One Prison to Another
Bloody '38
Pinnacle
Life in the Hills
The First Raid
Howell and the Women
Ganja Plantation
Like Children of God in Paradise
A Stroll in Paradise
Howell and Bustamante
The 1954 Raid
The Ghettos
Pinnacle's Last Days
God or the Devil?
The New Culture
Rasta Music-Kumina or Burru?
Count Ossie
The 1960s
Reggae Stars
Twelve Tribes
The End
Notes
Index

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