|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
It is difficult to define exactly what the Rastafarian movement is like: a marginal profaned Judaism, Messianic sect, people's religious movement, syncretic cult, substitute of the Pan - African ideology, movement for the cultural identity, political antiracist movement, slum lumpen subculture or youth fashion. Over 70 years Rastafarianship has undergone astonishing metamorphoses. It has absorbed the history of African Diaspora, religious heresies, problems of spiritual decolonization and rock - music. Black slaves often realized their similarity to ancient Jews converted to slavery. Some of them brought this thought into life having declared themselves true Jews. Adherents to this idea resided in the USA as early as the times of slave - ownership. The news about the Judaic minority "Falashi" residing in Ethiopia undoubtedly influenced on the growth of "Black Judaism" late in the XIX century.