Rastafarianism FactSheet

Founder:
Born Ras Tafari, Ethopian emperor Haile Selassie is considered by Rastafarians to have been the Lion of Judah, and a manifestation of God. Selassie claimed direct descendence from King David, the 225th ruler in an unbroken line of Ethiopian Kings from the time of Solomon and Sheba. Rasta is rooted in the teachings of Marcus Garvey, who in the 1930s preached black self-empowerment and initiated the “Back to Africa” movement.
Founded:
Approximately 1930
Founding Occasion:
The crowning of Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethiopia and his proclamation as “King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the conquering lion of the Tribe of Judah”.
Headquarters:
Many Rastas consider Africa to be heaven on earth.
Membership:
700,000
Current Leadership:
None…Rastafarianism is basically a loose-knit group of like-minded believers.
Sacred Texts:
The Holy Piby
The Bible, to some extent
Official Website:
www.rastafari.org