The Twelve Tribes
of Israel founded in 1968 by Dr. Vernon Carrington the beloved
Prophet Gad. The Twelve Tribes have headquarters all over the world
including New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Africa, Trinidad, and New york
and Los Angeles to name a few.
They are closely tied to the Royal family
of Ethiopia in exile, and working toward Haile Selassie's grandson:
Zere Yacob taking the throne. Gad man teaches that we should read the
bible cover to cover a chapter a day.Other groups include the Ethiopian
national Congress (or Bobo Dreads) which was built around the late
prince Emanuel, who toward the end of his life decided he was Adonai
Ethiopian World Federation(EWF), who along with he Twelve Tribes
have some settlers in Shashamane land Ethiopia.There's the
Nyhabinghi Theocracy Government which has no centralized leader
and who's members have names like Bongo Herman etc.
There's some rastas in off shoots of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.
Then there's groups that people say use Rasta as a front like the
Zion Copticswho follow "Brother Louv Williams", They have bought up
large properties in Jamaica and have a history of legal woes from
These are just a few of the rasta groups. There are many others and
many without organization all over the world. They believe different
things.Some believe Selassie is God Almighty, some believe he is the
2nd coming of Christ, some believe he is Christ-like, Kin to Christ
through his lineage.Some read the bible some shun it. Some believe
Haile Selassie was the last emperor, some believe whatever male son in
the lineage holds the throne is Christ. Some are black militant and
anti white, some like the Twelve Tribes have members of all nationalities
shem, ham and japeth.
Some wear uncombed dreadlocks, some trim their hair. Some smoke
marijuana some don't.Some are strict vegetarian and no salt (ital),
some eat meat most don't eat pork. So you see, there is a huge variety
of rastas and what they believe.Most believe it importantto repatriate
to Mother Africa. This is just a quick intro primer, there's plenty of
books on the subject for further reading.
It has been said to me that if you want to know Rastafari you should
read your bible a chapter a day cover to cover, his autobiography, and
another excellent book is the kebra negast the story of the line of Solomon.
The following is an encyclopedic style account of Haile Selassie's
Tafari Makonnen was born in the village of
Esjarsagoro in Harar Province on July 23, 1892. Upon his birth, His
father Ras (Duke) Makonnen took Tafari from his mother
Woizero (Lady) Yishimabet Ali and put him in the custody of his loyal
General Haile Selassie Abayneh.Tafari was schooled and tutored by a
French Catholic Priest. Besides French and Ethiopian languages, he
studied ancient Ethiopian books such as the Book of Light, the 6+ 7 Books
of Moses,the Ascension of Isaiah, the Book of Eden etc.
He also studied the Kebra Negast (Glory of the Kings) The 14 cent.story
of the Queen of Sheba's trip to King Solomon in Jerusalem and the birth
of their son Menelik who became the first Emperor of Ethiopia. This story
is important in terms of Tafari's biblical lineage. Also important is the
story of how King Solomon sent Moses' Ark of The Covenant to be safeguarded
by his son in Ethiopia.
Tafari was made Dejazmatch (count or commander of the gate) at age 13
as his father neared death he entrusted Tafari to his long time friend
Emperor Menelik II. After being looked over for political positions he
eventually became governor of Harar Province; just like his father before
him. After the Great Menelik died Empress Zauditu took power with Tafari
appointed as her Ras and Regent. In 1928 he was named Negus and on NOV 2,
1930 Ras Tafari Makonnen was named Emperor of Ethiopia taking the throne
name Haile Selassie(Power of the Trinity).
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