The Material Roots of Rastafarian Marijuana Symbolism

@article{Benard2007TheMR,
  title={The Material Roots of Rastafarian Marijuana Symbolism},
  author={Akeia A. F. Benard},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  year={2007},
  volume={18},
  pages={89 - 99}
}
This article explores the relationship between shifting modes of production and the evolution of marijuana symbolism among the early Rastafarians of Jamaica. During slavery, marijuana grew on the island but was probably not recognized. During the shift to indentured labour, black Jamaicans utilized marijuana as a palliative. During the transition to capitalism, marginalized urban Jamaicans sold marijuana and it became a powerful symbol of their peasant past. Finally, once the island had shifted… 

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