Chanting Down Babylon : The Rastafari Reader / Edition 1

Chanting Down Babylon : The Rastafari Reader / Edition 1

5.0 1
by Nathaniel Samuel Murrell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566395844

ISBN-13: 9781566395847

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: Temple University Press

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 mean 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…  See more details below

Overview

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 mean 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--strongly appeals even to non-believers who are captivated by the 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. "Long before the term 'Afrocentricity' came into popular use in the United States, Jamaican Rastafarians had embraced the concept as the most important recipe for naming their reality and reclaiming their black heritage in the African diaspora," Nathaniel Samuel Murrell notes in the Introduction. CHANTING DOWN BABYLON brings together scholarly commentary, a long-hidden founding document of the movement, and the voices of leading Rastas who explain and critique the beliefs and practices associated with Rastafari. Also included are a glossary, an annotated bibliography, and an interview with the pioneering scholar of Rastafari, Leonard Barrett.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566395847
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,343,357
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Rastafari Phenomenon1
1Dread "I" In-a-Babylon: Ideological Resistance and Cultural Revitalization23
2Rastas' Psychology of Blackness, Resistance, and Somebodiness36
3Rastafari and the Exorcism of the Ideology of Racism and Classism in Jamaica55
4Gender and Family Relations in Rastafari: A Personal Perspective72
5Rastawoman as Rebel: Case Studies in Jamaica89
6The Epistemological Significance of "I-an-I" as a Response to Quashie and Anancyism in Jamaican Culture107
7African Dimensions of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movement125
8Marcus Garvey and the Early Rastafarians: Continuity and Discontinuity145
9Who Is Haile Selassie? His Imperial Majesty in Rasta Voices159
10The Rasta-Selassie-Ethiopian Connections166
11Chanting Down Babylon Outernational: The Rise of Rastafari in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific178
12Chanting Down Babylon in the Belly of the Beast: The Rastafarian Movement in the Metropolitan United States199
13Personal Reflections on Rastafari in West Kingston in the Early 1950s217
14From Burru Drums to Reggae Ridims: The Evolution of Rasta Music231
15Bob Marley: Rasta Warrior253
16Chanting Change around the World through Rasta Ridim and Art266
17Towering Babble and Glimpses of Zion: Recent Depictions of Rastafari in Cinema284
18Discourse on Rastafarian Reality311
19The Black Biblical Hermeneutics of Rastafari326
20The Structure and Ethos of Rastafari349
21The First Chant: Leonard Howell's The Promised Key361
Commentary
22Rastafari's Messianic Ideology and Caribbean Theology of Liberation390
App. AEmissaries of Rastafari: An Interview with Professor Leonard Barrett415
App. BWho Is Who in the Rasta Academy: A Literature Review in Honor of Leonard Barrett429
Glossary443
About the Contributors455
Index459

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Chanting Down Babylon : The Rastafari Reader 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of essays covers practically every aspect of the religion. I have read many works on rastafari and this is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date.