Towards a Pre-History of Rastafari

  title={Towards a Pre-History of Rastafari},
  author={W. Francis},
  journal={Caribbean Quarterly},
  pages={51 - 72}
  • W. Francis
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • Caribbean Quarterly
  • Introductionthis essay explores some of THe antecedent ideas and perspectives that helped to prime the emergence of Rastafari in the 1930s. These ideas and perspectives existed within the socio-political context of European colonialism and imperialism that was anything but congenial to the eventual emergence of Rastafari. That Rastafari did in fact emerge, and emerge against the odds, constitutes an important story in its own right. However, in seeking to better understand this emergence, this… CONTINUE READING


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