A religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I,
as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Lion of Judah as Jahy.
A religious movement that emerged in Jamaica in the early 1930s,
arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy.
The Rastafari movement Today
By the end of the 20th century, women had become more important in the functioning of the Rastafari movement. In the early years, menstruating women were often subordinated to their husbands and excluded from religious and social ceremonies. To a large degree, women feel more freedom to express themselves now, thus they enjoy much greater freedom of self-expression, and contribute greatly to the religion.
Rastafari is not a highly organized religion. In fact, some Rastas say that it is not a “religion” at all, but a “way of Life”. Most Rastas do not identify with any sect or denomination, though there are three prominent mansions of Rastafari: the Nyahbinghi, the Bobo Ashanti and the Twelve Tribes of Israel. By claiming Jah as the returned Jesus, Rastafari is a new religious movement that has arisen from Christianity, much as Christianity arose from Judaism.
In 1996, the Rastafari movement worldwide was given consultative status by the United Nations.
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)