The social drama of the Rastafari

@article{Lewis1994TheSD,
  title={The social drama of the Rastafari},
  author={William F. Lewis},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  year={1994},
  volume={19},
  pages={283-294}
}
  • W. F. Lewis
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • History
  • Dialectical Anthropology
The Rastafari began in the British colony of Jamaica during the tumultuous 1930s. Their contemporaries at first perceived them as an amusing cult and named them Ras Tafari after their culture hero, the Emperor Haile Ras Tafari Selassie I of Ethiopia. Their clowning, however, turned out to be serious. Their antics soon confounded the cultural logic that the elite of Jamaican society were constructing as the core identity of the emerging national state. The Rastas' entrance onto the stage of… 

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