The Holy Piby

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ISBN-13: 978-1463512767 Paperback Edition
ISBN-10: 1463512767
BISAC: Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

The Holy Piby was written by Robert Athlyi Rogers, who founded an Afrocentric religion in the US and West Indies in the 1920s. Rogers' religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black ...
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ISBN-13: 978-1463512767 Paperback Edition
ISBN-10: 1463512767
BISAC: Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

The Holy Piby was written by Robert Athlyi Rogers, who founded an Afrocentric religion in the US and West Indies in the 1920s. Rogers' religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black Africans) as the chosen people of God, and proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist, an apostle. The church preached self-reliance and self-determination for Africans.

The original is very rare. There are no copies listed in either the Library of Congress or the University of California catalogs, which is highly unusual. The Holy Piby was banned in Jamaica and other Caribbean Islands in the middle and late 1920s. Today the Holy Piby is acclaimed by many Rastafarians as a primary source.

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Lutainie Boris
First written and published by Robert Athlyi Rogers in 1924 (in Newark, New Jersey)this book was soon after introduced in Jamaica. There is no doubt that this holy text must be considered as one of the most important theological reference of the Rastafari Movement. As the "King James's Bible" ; "The Promised Key" of Leonard Percival Howell ; The "Kebra Negast" or "The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy" of Rev. Fitz Ballintine, this represents the early fuondations of the rastafarian view
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780948390630
  • Publisher: Research Associates School Times Publications
  • Publication date: 7/13/2002
  • Pages: 103
  • Sales rank: 979,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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"The 'Holy Piby' was complied 1913-1917 by its author Robert Athlyi Rogers (Shepherd Robert Athlyi Rogers), who was born in Anguilla. He committed suicide on 24th August 1931. Many Rastafarians say he "took himself away from this life" versus saying he committed suicide when referring to his death."
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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
Foreword 15
Proclamation 19
Ises Prayer 20
The First Book of Athlyi Called Athlyi 22
Chapter 1 Creation 22
Chapter 2 Dead Became Alive 23
The Second Book of Athlyi Called Aggregation 25
Chapter 1 Heaven Grieved 25
Convention in Heaven 26
The Heavens Open 26
Ethiopia Anointed 27
Rejoicing in Heaven 28
Shepherd Anointed 29
The Mighty Angel 30
Dominion Over the Shepherd 30
Purification 31
Chapter 2 Presentation of the Law 33
Athlyi Robed 34
Chapter 3 God's Holy Law to the Children of Ethiopia 35
The Holy Commandments 36
The Shepherd's Prayer By Athlyi 39
Chapter 4 The Law Preached 40
Chapter 5 Athlicanity Preached 42
Chapter 6 Solemnity Feast 47
The Athlyian's Creed 50
Chapter 7 Marcus Garvey 54
Chapter 8 Athlyi Sent Abroad 56
Chapter 9 The Word of the Lord 58
Chapter 10 Rejoicing In the Light 61
Chapter 11 Returned to Newark 63
Chapter 12 The Guiding Light 66
Chapter 13 Athlyi Bleeds 68
Chapter 14 Heaven and Hell 72
Chapter 15 The Beggar 77
The Third Book of Athlyi Named the Facts of the Apostles 81
Chapter 1 Apostles Anointed 81
Chapter 2 God Spoke to His Apostles 83
Chapter 3 Standing Before Elijah 86
Chapter 4 Apostles Exalted 88
The Fourth Book of Athlyi Called Precaution 90
Chapter 1 A Buggy From Tokio to Los Angeles, A Bicycle From London to Anguilla 90
Chapter 2 Held Out His Morsel 94
Chapter 3 The Clean Should Not Accept the Invitations of the Unclean 96
Chapter 4 Shall Suffer 98
Questions and Answers 100
The Shepherd's Command By Athlyi 103
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    An original and inspiring novel

    The holy piby is quite worthy of prise for all the wise words and persuasive statments that it contains, after reading this ifelt happy with how amazing it was and quite sad that is wasnt longer, onceread it over a few times ibegan to understanit more as a book to read more frequently due to its large meaning and symbolism

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