Haile Selassie

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Haile Selassie

(ˈhaɪlɪ səˈlæsɪ)
n
(Biography) title of Ras Tafari Makonnen. 1892–1975, emperor of Ethiopia (1930–36; 1941–74). During the Italian occupation of Ethiopia (1936–41), he lived in exile in England. He was a prominent figure in the Pan-African movement: deposed 1974
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Noun1.Haile Selassie - emperor of EthiopiaHaile Selassie - emperor of Ethiopia; worshipped by Rastafarians (1892-1975)
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| 1930: Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia.
Fitting Rastafari into these stereotypes occurs from the moment they received publicity for their peculiar message regarding Ras Tafari Makonnen's divinity, renouncement of Jamaican identity and an Ethiopia return.
In a five-hour ceremony that began Saturday morning on the second day of November 1930, Ras Tafari Makonnen was enthroned as Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, and the 225th descendent in a genealogy of prophets, kings, and emperors that included David, Solomon, and Makeda.