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Chanting down Babylon

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ISBN-10: 1566395844

ISBN-13: 9781566395847

Edition: 1998

Authors: Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, William D. Spencer, Adrian A. McFarlane

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This anthology explores Rastafari religion, culture, and politics in Jamaica and other parts of the African diaspora. An Afro-Caribbean religious and cultural movement that sprang from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1930s, today Rastafari has close to one million adherents. The basic message of Rastafari—the dismantling of all oppressive institutions and the liberation of humankind—even has strong appeal to non-believers who are captivated by reggae music, the lyrics, and the "immortal spirit" of its enormously popular practitioner, Bob Marley. Probing into Rastafari's still evolving belief system, political goals, and cultural expression, the contributors to this volume emphasize…    
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 3/23/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Introduction: The Rastafari Phenomenon
Dread "I" In-a-Babylon: Ideological Resistance and Cultural Revitalization
Rastas' Psychology of Blackness, Resistance, and Somebodiness
Rastafari and the Exorcism of the Ideology of Racism and Classism in Jamaica
Gender and Family Relations in Rastafari: A Personal Perspective
Rastawoman as Rebel: Case Studies in Jamaica
The Epistemological Significance of "I-an-I" as a Response to Quashie and Anancyism in Jamaican Culture
African Dimensions of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movement
Marcus Garvey and the Early Rastafarians: Continuity and Discontinuity
Who Is Haile Selassie? His Imperial Majesty in Rasta Voices
The Rasta-Selassie-Ethiopian Connections
Chanting Down Babylon Outernational: The Rise of Rastafari in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific
Chanting Down Babylon in the Belly of the Beast: The Rastafarian Movement in the Metropolitan United States
Personal Reflections on Rastafari in West Kingston in the Early 1950s
From Burru Drums to Reggae Ridims: The Evolution of Rasta Music
Bob Marley: Rasta Warrior
Chanting Change around the World through Rasta Ridim and Art
Towering Babble and Glimpses of Zion: Recent Depictions of Rastafari in Cinema
Discourse on Rastafarian Reality
The Black Biblical Hermeneutics of Rastafari
The Structure and Ethos of Rastafari
The First Chant: Leonard Howell's The Promised Key
Rastafari's Messianic Ideology and Caribbean Theology of Liberation
Emissaries of Rastafari: An Interview with Professor Leonard Barrett
Who Is Who in the Rasta Academy: A Literature Review in Honor of Leonard Barrett
About the Contributors