The Rastafarians

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Beacon Press | Jul 01, 2010 | ISBN 9780807097052

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    Beacon Press | Dec 12, 1997 | 320 Pages | 5-3/8 x 8 | ISBN 9780807010396

  • Ebook$19.00

    Beacon Press | Jul 01, 2010 | ISBN 9780807097052


Removes the aura of bizarre mystery from the Jamaican messianic movement whose members smoke marijuana for ritual purposes and believe that Ethiopia is the Promised Land for all blacks. Setting the Rastafarians in the context of . . . colonial exploitation, Barrett shows how the cult has been nourished on grinding poverty, examines its belief system, dynamics, rituals, art and music, and its ‘ambivalent routinization’ within Jamaican society. . . . Students of religion and sociology, fans of reggae music, and the general reader will gain much from this unusual study. –Publishers Weekly

“The most thorough, careful consideration of the Rasta phenomenon available to the general reader.” –Boston Phoenix

“Barrett’s account is authoritative and original; it is a work for the serious student of culture, religious sects and Caribbean studies. . . . An important contribution.” –Folklore Review

“Leonard Barrett’s The Rastafarians stands as the most solid, complete treatment available in this country to date.” –New Age

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