The Tabernacle

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Grounation means “the affirmation of life on earth”.

Grounation means “the affirmation of life on earth”.

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Grounation means “the affirmation of life on earth”. For several days, the dreadlocks gather in camps, where they meditate, use the herb, perform nyabinghi songs and praise Jah. In these meetings, children are left free to go wherever they want. If they need anything, the nearest rasta will serve them and help them with the same love with which they would be treated by their natural parents.

The Nyah were publicly identified by their long hair, the Dreadlocks, and by the sacred, but challenging and antisocial use of marijuana (ganja). The Nyahbinghis within the current Ras Tafari I movement is a long term which in addition to its original meaning also covers other important aspects of cultural life, including: The Nyahbinghi Order, a section within the Ras Tafari I movement in general, also recognizes the Government Theocratic of Haile Selassie I. The members of the first generation Nyah are part of the formation of the Rasta movement.

Rituals of worship and worship are sponsored by members of the community. Nyahbinghis ceremonies are regularly celebrated on various dates throughout the island of Jamaica. Annual celebrations include the anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I (July 23), the date of the Emperor’s coronation (November 2) and the Emperor’s visit to Jamaica in 1966 (April 21). The Nyahbinghis also hold Assemblies or “Congregations” which are considered as “divine services.” Music with drums, dance and words are part of the celebration and worship and are also called Nyahbinghi. As part of the resurrection given African beat, the Nyahbinghi or Heart Beat music is linked to the harps of King David, used to compose the actual psalms of the Old Testament.

Nyahbinghi congregations usually last from three to seven days, time for the community to gather and revitalize the Ras Tafari faith through activities such as playing drums, singing prayers, reading Bible passages, smoking marijuana, and dancing. At the center of the Nyahbinghi celebration is the Tabernacle where the ritual takes place. With the colors of the Ethiopian flag (gold and red green), the Nyahs call Israel their providential destiny – “Africa, yes! Jamaica, no! “” Jah calls the singers and instrument players, “” Repatriation now! “.

The Nyahbinghi Tabernacle is the circular room of the rainbow throne (represented by the colors of the Ethiopian flag), the sacred power of the ground from which emanates the earthquake, light, thunder, fire and sulfur of Armageddon. The “chalice” (chalice, Rasta pipe) Passes from hand to hand around the altar, ritualistically activating the symbols of heat, air and water, the primary forces of creation. Through the Word, Sound and Power (Word, Sound & Iwah) faith is united with the Creative Head (Ras Tafari) in a kind of mystical telepathy, which has the intention of singing the fall of Babylon, to rid the Earth of perversity and restore the natural order of Creation and its original state of perfection.

Ras Rasafari Ceremonies

Ras Rasafari Ceremonies

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There are two main ones, grounation and nyabinghi. Nyabinghi is music played in rastas meetings, which include the sound of at least three percussion instruments, singing, dancing, spiritual use of ganja and praise to Jah Rastafari.Percussion instruments have a symbolic value for dreadlocks. They symbolize the origins, and in a certain way, Africa itself (next, an elder plays his percussion instrument). Many consider drums to be Jah’s voice.

For a long time, the dreadlocks danced nyabinghi against specific enemies in order to evoke Jah’s strength to destroy them. The dance is now used to celebrate special dates such as the coronation of His Imperial Majesty (November 2), Selassie’s birthday (July 23), the end of slavery (August 1), and the birthday of Marcus Garvey (August 17). Every year in August, the dreadlocks commemorate the visit of Haile Selassie I to Jamaica, held on April 25, 1966. The celebrations begin around the 21st, and are called the Grounation Day.

Grounation means “the affirmation of life on earth”. For several days, the dreadlocks gather in camps, where they meditate, use the herb, perform nyabinghi songs and praise Jah. In these meetings, children are left free to go wherever they want. If they need anything, the nearest rasta will serve them and help them with the same love with which they would be treated by their natural parents.

 

First Rastafari Church & Cultural Center of Florida To Host Community Event

First Rastafari Church & Cultural Center of Florida To Host Community Event

Courtesy of https://sflcn.com/first-rastafari-church-cultural-center-of-florida-to-host-community-event/

MIAMI – The First Rastafari Church and Cultural Center of Florida (FRCCC) is positioned to provide a new vibrant, creative cultural community narrative that is being added to the South Florida landscape.

The First Rastafari Church & Cultural Center of Florida (FRCCC) will host the opening of their location on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 1pm-7pm.

This mini-festival is a family inspired event and will take place at 16280 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054.

The event is free and open to the public. The MC for the day is Empress Yvette Marshall, radio personality at WAVS Radio.

The FRCCC is a space where people can thrive in the center’s open, collaborative and accessible area.

First Rastafari Church & Cultural Center of Florida To Host Community Event

“The essence of Community is common unity.” It takes a village to raise a child, states Priest Douggie, Head of Cultural Activities for FRCCC. With this in mind, the administration of the FRCCC has endeavored to recreate the village atmosphere in which unity of purpose empowers us to challenge the problems that hamper our community’s positive growth” Hotep.

The Rastafari narrative is more than a religion, it’s a way of life, social movement and mindset.

June 16th marks the birthday of the founder of the Rastafarian movement, Jamaican Leonard P. Howell, an anti-colonial figure who joined Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in New York and first publicly articulated Rastafarianism in Kingston in 1933. Howell created the first Rastafarian village (Pinnacle) in 1940.

The organizers have planned a day filled with talks that will tackle issues facing communities as it relates to mental health, depression, and suicide.

The FRCCC is set to showcase different aspects of the Rastafarian heritage and culture based on the wealthy and diverse Rastafarian lifestyle and history.

Federal Court: Rastafarian Inmate Allowed to Wear Dreadlocks

Federal Court: Rastafarian Inmate Allowed to Wear Dreadlocks

Courtsey of http://radio.wosu.org/post/federal-court-rastafarian-inmate-allowed-wear-dreadlocks#stream/0
  MAY 17, 2018
Originally published on May 17, 2018 11:00 am

A federal court ruling will allow Deon Glenn, an inmate at Trumbull Correctional Institution, to continue wearing dreadlocks as required by his religion.

As a practicing Rastafarian, Deon Glenn is required to let his hair grow and lock naturally, creating dreadlocks.  Ohio prison policy prohibits that hairstyle, and any religious exemptions for dreadlocks.

Glenn sued under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and this week, he won his case.

Avidan Cover is Glenn’s lead attorney.  He calls the ruling a statement that shows all religions should be taken seriously and respected.

“There are a host of accommodations set forward in Ohio policies for a number of religions,” said Cover. “It’s a lot less clear for a faith such as Rastafarianism. It’s not as well known, most adherents are a minority race.”

Cover says that while the ruling only applies to Glenn’s religious freedom, it might be helpful to other inmates in similar situations.

“I think the court opinion gives a good road map for state officials to change their policy without by the way compromising prison security,” said Cover.

The Ohio Department of Correction had argued that dreadlocks cannot be thoroughly searched without posing a risk to prison staff. In her written opinion, the judge noted the vast majority of other state prisons “manage the risk associated with dreadlocks short of a complete ban”.

Cover is representing a Youngstown inmate in a similar case still in court.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction declined to comment.

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