Symbolism In Rastabatarianism
It stands for power, strength and pride. It represents Selassie, who is referred to as the Conquering Lion of Judah (Barrett, pg 142, 1988). The lion has always been shown as a dominant animal and is a good representation of their powerful ideas. The lion is often portrayed holding the Ethiopian flag. There is that connection to nature through the choosing the lion to represent the group. The reoccurring theme shows how significant it really is to the religion. Thinking about the future, I see this environmental way of thinking taking shape in the rest of our society. There are brilliant ideas behind this religion, contrary to what most …show more content…
The Patois language has words with strong meanings and that give senses of feelings. For example, Babylon represents the corrupt establishment such as the police or oppressors. It what people strive to get away from. It is not necessarily tangible ‘I and I’ is an expression commonly used. It is the idea of everyone being part of a whole, and everyone being one. "I and I reminds the Rastafarian of his own obligation to live right and at the same time, it praises the almighty" (Nicholas, pg 39, 1996). It represents a collective group. Another commonly used expression is the ‘one love’. It is the idea of loving others as well as yourself. The love must be shown to all throughout ones life collectively (Snider, 2/8/00, lecture).
The clothing they wear reflects the lifestyle of hardwork they lead. The most common colors one would find on a Rasta or in the culture are red, gold and green. All are symbolic and are also the colors of the Ethiopian flag. The red stands for the blood that was shed through the many years of slavery. The gold stands for the gold that was stolen throughout the many long years. And finally the green stands for the earth and hope, the hope of a better life for the future (Snider, 2/8/00,