Thus, I obtained some information for this paper through interactions with some Bobos and members of other known Rastafari "Mansions" (5) (branches) such as the Twelve Tribes of Israel (TTI), Ethiopia World Federation (EWF) and Nyahbinghi Order.
According to Gansinger, other Rastas such as "the Twelve Tribes would typically--but not necessarily--choose dreadlocks as a hairstyle"; adherents of the Nyahbinghi grow dreadlocks but are not obliged to put them under turbans.
"Let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourished; the aged protected, and the infants cared for." --The Royal Ethiopian Creed (1) The Ethiopian, or Nyahbinghi, Creed quoted above is central in Rastafari theology, ethics, lifestyle, philosophy, and spirituality.
(9) Nevertheless, today Zimbabwe is host to Rastas belonging to different varieties of groups, such as Nyahbinghi, Bobo Shanti, and Twelve Tribes.
All of these elements served to sharply distinguish the organization from other segments of the Rastafari movement (the Ethiopian World Federation, Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress, Theocratic Nyahbinghi
Order, and so on).
(6) The Nyahbinghi
cult developed in Jamaica in the 1930s as an orthodox order of Rastafarianism (Turner 1994, 30).
National and King of Kings Trust got pounds 10,000 to provide a programme of activities celebrating the rural origins, culture and ancestry of young people with African-Caribbean parentage.
His influences comes from his roots in gospel, devotional, bhajans, kirtan, nyahbinghi
, reggae, folk, blues, jazz and rock.
The study utilises the case of the Marcus Garvey Rastafari House of the Nyahbinghi Order in the low income and high-density suburb of Epworth in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Gerald Parsons (1993:267) succinctly writes in reference to Rastas thus: "Having suffered enslavement at the hands of the white Babylon, they look forward to redemption from slavery and return to the promised land in Africa, symbolised above all by Ethiopia, the seat of ancient African civilization and symbol of a free and uncolonized African identity." Therefore, Rastafarians use the ancient Nyahbinghi philosophy to refer to all 'downpressors' and repressive structures, whether from blacks or whites as 'Babylon' whilst the restoration of both physical and mental oppression restores their 'Zion', dignity and self-respect.