Specific Purpose: I want my audience to know the history, beliefs and the lifestyle of the Rastafarian culture
Organizational pattern: Topical
Introduction: Some people will call Rastafarianism a religion, other people will say that Rastafarianism is a kind of spiritual belief because the Rasta’s lack a great deal of what is central for other religions while still retaining a belief in a God
Thesis Statement: Today I’d like to tell you three main points in Rastafarian culture that many people get confused about: their beliefs, their history and their lifestyle.
(Transition: First I will tell you the history of the Rastafarian culture.)
Rastafarnism is a religious cult that believes that Haile Sellasie is the messiah and that Africa is the chosen land.
Haile Sellasie is claimed to be a descent of King David. He is also an heir to the throne of Ethiopia.
This all started in the late 1800s when a man named Marcus Garvey who was an afro centrists thought that ‘black people ‘needed to interpret their own history and make their way back to Africa
His famous words are: Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be your redeemer.”
On November 2, 1930 after the death of Empress Zewditu his procephy was fulfilled therefore Haile Sellasie is thought to be the messiah.
(Transition now that we know the history of Rastafarnism let’s look at their beliefs)
One major belief that they have is smoking Ganga, otherwise know as marijuana.
They believe this to be a Holy herb used to make one with the world
They smoke this stuff in a spiritual way known as Nyabinghl.
They believe that this enlightens them so they can react with the ways of the world.
Another belief they have is their dreadlocks.
They believe that they shouldn’t place any sharp