The story behind the Rastafari religion.

It begins…

in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafari worship Him in much the same way as Jesus is revered as the Son of God by Christians. Members of the Rastafarian faith are known as Rastafari, Rastas, Rastafarians, or simply Ras. Rastafarians are also known by their official church titles, such as Elder or High Priest. The way of life is sometimes referred to as “Rastafarianism”, but this term is considered offensive by most Rastafari, who, being critical of “isms” (which they see as a typical part of the culture of “Babylon”) dislike being labelled as an “ism” themselves.

The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the title (Ras) and first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before his coronation. In Amharic, Ras, literally “head”, is an Ethiopian title equivalent to prince or chief, while the personal given name Täfäri (teferi) means one who is revered. Yah (in Hebrew) is a Biblical name of God, from a shortened form of Jahweh or Yahuah, found in Psalms 68:4 and many other places in the Bible. Most adherents see Haile Selassie I as Jah or Jah Rastafari, an incarnation of God the Father, the Second Advent of Christ “the Anointed One”, i.e. the second coming of Jesus Christ the King to Earth.

The Rastafari way of life encompasses the spiritual use of cannabis and the rejection of the degenerate society of materialism, oppression, and sensual pleasures, called Babylon. It proclaims Zion, in reference to Ethiopia, as the original birthplace of humankind, and calls for repatriation to Zion, the Promised Land and Heaven on Earth. This can mean literally moving to Ethiopia but also refers to mentally and emotionally repatriating. Some Rastafari also embrace various Afrocentric and Pan-African social and political aspirations.


Rastafari Followers worldwide
  • Africa

  • America

  • Europe

  • Asia

  • Australia

What is Rastaverse?

Rastaverse is a resource hub for the Rastafari religion and movement. Our resources include articles on the history of Rastafari, Ital recipes, music, movies, a dictionary, prayers, quotes, content, a forum and a marketplace and online store.

What is Our Mission?

At Rastaverse, we want visitors to learn more about the Rastafari religion while assisting current followers to share their faith and guide younger believers.

What makes us an “Awesome” Rastafari website?

If you ended up at Rastaverse, you were probably researching Ras Tafari or seeking more information about the faith. Maybe you wish to become a Rasta. You probably noticed that there isn’t much information about the Rastafari Movement out there. Yes, there are scattered articles on the Web about aspects of Rastafari history and traditions, but there aren’t many decent websites dedicated to the Rastafari religion. Most of the articles are written by Babylonian sources in journalism and entertainment media, mislabeling the faith “Rastafarianism”. Rastaverse is here to fill that void, by providing an electronic home for this modern religion. We extensively cover every major category related to the Rastafari religion, movement and lifestyle.

At Rastaverse, we have everything to fuel your Rastafari faith, and we have content that covers important Rastafari figures, such as Haile Selassi I, Marcus Garvey, Leonard Howell and Bob Marley by checking out our blog You can explore a wide variety of Nyabinghi, Reggae, and Reggae sub-genre music. We have tons of authentic Rasta gear in our Rasta Shop. Visitors can discover reggae festivals and other events around the world in our Events section, gain inside knowledge of Rasta slang with our online Dictionary, enjoy entertaining and informative clips, performances and even films in our Video section, explore Ital food in our Recipes section, and even Subscribe for updates and communicate with Rastaverse’s developers to make suggestions, add words to the Dictionary or recommend improvements to the site by Contacting Us.

In creating Rastaverse, we wanted to provide a resource and internet home for believers in the Rastafari ways of peace, brotherhood and righteous living in a fallen world. We hope you find the content informative, enlightening and inspiring, aiding in living a more full life in spite of the illusions that Babylon imposes upon us all.

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