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 (rä′stə-fär′ē-ə-nĭz′əm, răs′tə-fâr′-)
A religious and political movement originating in Jamaica in the 1930s that bases its doctrine on selections from the Bible and regards Ethiopia as the Promised Land and Haile Selassie I as a messiah, with many members advocating nonviolence and rejecting materialism.

[After Ras Tafari Makonnen, former name of Haile Selassie I, proclaimed a divine being by adherents : Amharic ras, head, prince; see rʔš in Semitic roots + Amharic täfäri, feared, participle of täfärra, to be feared, derived stem of färra, to fear, respect; see prh in Semitic roots.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) an originally Jamaican religion that regards Ras Tafari (the former emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (1892–1975)) as God
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(ˌræs təˈfɛər i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə-)

a religious sect, orig. of Jamaica, that regards the late Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia as the messiah and Africa as the Promised Land.
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the religious beliefs of a West Indian sect who worship the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (given name: Ras Tafari), and who believe that black people are the chosen of God, and that their promised land is Africa. Their use of marijuana in rituals was widely publicized.
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Noun1.Rastafarianism - a religious cult based on a belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the Promised Land
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
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