Chanting down Babylon

ISBN-10: 1566395844

ISBN-13: 9781566395847

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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 the importance of Africana history and the Caribbean context. Author note:Nathaniel Samuel Murrellis Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Visiting Professor at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.William David Spencerserves as Pastor of Encouragement at Pilgrim Church in Beverly, MA, and was an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston. He has authored, co-authored, or editedThe Prayer of Life of Jesus, Mysterium and Mystery: The Clerical Crime Novel, God through the Looking Glass, Joy through the Night, 2 Corinthians: Bible Study CommentaryandThe Global God.Adrian Anthony McFarlaneis Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He is author ofA Grammar of FearandEvil–A Husserlian-Wittgensteinian Hermeneutic.
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 3/23/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Acknowledgments
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
Commentary
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
Glossary
About the Contributors
Index
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