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There are no academic studies about relations between Ethiopian and Rastafari and this research is filling this gap, done at the Anthropology Dept. Ethiopian attitutes (in Ethiopia and abroad) toward Rasta are not discussed yet -- this is the aim of Esther's work.

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Thesis: Ethiopian and Rastari

Rastafari -- Ethiopian Perspective
Esther Sellassie Antohin
Department of Anthropology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
4.10.07: Announcement of a new book

Ethiopians & Rastafari

The book ‘Ethiopians & Rastafari’ is based on research conducted in cultural anthropology. The main aim of this book is to give an account of the Ethiopian experience, as a new diaspora in the United States. It also explores the question why Ethiopians and Rastafarians who share ‘Ethiopia’ or ‘Ityoppia’ as a general point of reference – have historically been at odds.

This study is based on the theories of identity, reflexivity and diaspora and examines related concepts such as symbolic identity, ethnic consciousness and myth of election. The book utilizes surveys and interviews of first and second generation Ethiopians in the United States in order to derive the prevailing attitudes and perceptions of Ethiopians with respect to the Rastafarian movement which has not been articulated till the present time.

This work is also biographical, as it depicts real life accounts of the author’s journey as one member of the Ethiopian Royal family. She endured the Marxist dictatorship from 1974 to 1977. During this time she witnessed the imprisonment of her family including parents, death of her mother while in detention, escape from her country and the trials of adjustment to a new life in the process of becoming Ethiopian American.

Antohin, Esther Sellassie

2005 Ethiopians & Rastafari. Fairbanks: Sellassie Publishing

Note: The book may be purchased on line at: lulu.com by entering the title.

References Cited

Archbishop Yesehaq 1989 The Ethiopian Tewahedo Church: An Integrally African Church. New York Vantage Press

Bastide, Roger African Civilizations in the New World. New York: Harper & Row Publishers

Bourdieu, Pierre 1998 Practical Reason. Stanford University Press

Bourdieu, Pierre translator Nice, Richard Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Burke, Peter Historians, Anthropologists, and symbols. Stanford: Stanford University Press

Chevannes, Barry 1994 Rastafari: Roots and Ideology. Syracuse University Press

Crummey, Donald 1999 Land and Society in the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia. Chicago: University of Illinois Press

Forsythe Dennis 1999 Rastafari: Healing of the nations. New York: One drop Books

Geertz, Clifford Editor 1963 Old Societies and New States: The quest for modernity in Asia and Africa London: The Free Press of Glencoe

Durkheim Emile 1915 The elementary forms of the religious life. New York: Free Press

Haile Sellassie I. Editor Marcus Harold G. 1994 My life and Ethiopia’s Progress. Lansing: Michigan State University Press volume II.

Hausman, Gerald, Editor 1997 The Kebra Negest: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica. New York: St Martin’s Press

James, Wendy and Johnson, Douglas H., Editors 1988 Vernacular Christianity: Essays in the Social Anthropology of Religion Presented to Godfrey Lienhardt. Southampton: Ashford Press

Klass, Morton 1995 Ordered Universes: Approaches to the Anthropology of Religion. Oxford: Westview Press

McFarlane, Adrian A., Nathaniel Murrel S., and William Spencer D. Chanting down Babylon. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Rubenson Sven. 1976 The Survival of Ethiopian Independence. New York: Africana Publishing Company

Smith, Christian 2003 Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Tiruneh, Andargachew 1993 The Ethiopian Revolution 1974-1987 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Ullendorff, Edward 1966 The Ethiopians: An introduction to country and People. London: Oxford University Press 1967 Ethiopia and the Bible: The Scheweich Lectures. Oxford University Press

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NB. "The migration of the well-versed and faithful followers of Christ from countries of the Middle East into Ethiopia occured at that critical period when doctrinal schism was prevalent within the Ecumenical Church. Because these pious men were divinely called to make their refugee in Ethiopia with their theological knowledge of the primative and pure apostlic teachings, their advent into Ethiopia was a blessing for Ethiopians and a milestone in the Consolidation of Ethiopianism." -- Ermias Kebede Wolde-Yesus, Nibure Id, "Ethiopia: The Classic Case: A Biblical Nation under God"

"Those piles of ruins which you see in that narrow valley watered bythe Nile, are the remains of opulent cities, the pride of the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. ... There a people, now forgotten, discovered while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race of men now rejected from society for their sable skin and frizzled hair, founded on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe." -- Count Rossini Volney "Ruins of Empires"

Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ethiopiawinet/message/736

ANCIENT ETHIOPIANS OF THE GOLDEN AGE http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ethiopiawinet/message/303

GREAT HABSHIS IN ETHIOPIAN/INDIAN HISTORY http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ethiopiawinet/message/307


"The history of Christianity, like the history of all great religions and social movements, is strewn with the wrecks of words, wrenched from their original meanings, widened or narrowed, and forced into a bewildering variety of vessels that church their ways in seas of semantic confusion.
The Church of Africa south of the Sahara has acquired and added to the many Christian verbal transmogrifications that came originally from the north. In its turn, it has produced its own eccentric ecclesiastical etymology, of which, perhaps the most striking example is the story of Ethiopianism." -- George Shepperson "Ethiopianism: Past and Present"

Ethiopianism and Afro-Americans in Southern Africa, 1883-1916

The Bible as ideology: Ethiopianism in Jamaica, 1930-1938

Ezekiel 30:9 - In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.

Psalm 68:31: Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

Amos 9:7 : And the Lord Said: : "Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel?"

Numbers 12:1 - And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Mathew 12:42 - When the judgment comes, the Queen of the south, will stand there with you and condemn you.

HIM Haile Selassie: "You must remember that Ethiopia is like Sleeping Beauty, that time has stood still here for 2,000 years. We must take great care, therefore, not to overwhelm her with changes now that she is beginning to awaken from her long sleep."

"I shall be cast into prison for your sake, but my spirit shall go out of jail and fight for Ethiopia"

"Then Shall the children of Ethiopia return to their own land and there establish a light with no nation shall compare, nor will there be any power sufficient to douse it."

"Mothers of Ethiopia, the convention has triumphed, your sorrows have brought joy to Ethiopia, your tears have anointed her soil with a blessing, your cries have awakened her children throughout the earth, yea in the corners of the unknown world are they aroused, and is prophesying, saying prepare ye the way for a redeemer."

"And there appeared a light matchless in its beauty. Straightway the whole celestial host shouted and there appeared millions of angels dancing in the light singing, "Behold! Behold Ethiopia! the bride of the master. Her day has come at last! The Lord has received her hand. Her night has forever passed."" -- Shepherd Robert Athlyi Rogers "The Holy Piby"(1924)

Sir Henry Rawlinson: "Recent linguistic discovery tends to show that a Cushite or Ethiopian race did in the earliest times extend itself along the shores of the Southern Ocean from Abyssinia to India. The whole peninsula of India was peopled by a race of their character before the influx of the Aryans; it extended from the Indus along the seacoast through the modern Beluchistan and Kerman, which was the proper country of the Asiatic Ethiopians; the cities on the northern shores of the Persian Gulf are shown by the brick inscriptions found among their ruins to have belonged to this race; it was dominant in Susiana and Babylonia, until overpowered in the one country by Aryan, in the other by Semitic intrusion; it can be traced both by dialect and tradition throughout the whole south coast of the Arabian peninsula."

"If Ethiopia's history and archeological treasures could be marketed, dug out like diamonds and somehow sold, I speculate, this country would be rich!". -- Judith Reynolds Brown "Faranji: A Venture into Ethiopia"

"The wheel of fortune never ceases turning and one day, perhaps tomorrow, you might be bowing to them[Ethiopians]." -- Virginia Morell "Blue Nile-Ethiopia's River of Magic and Mystery"

"The new age that began after the disappearance of Atlantis was marked at first by the world-wide dominance of Ethiopian representatives of the black race. They were supreme in Africa and Asia ... and they even infiltrated through Southern Europe. ... During the present era-that is the last 10,000 years-the white race...has come to possess the world. According to the occult tradition, Semitic peoples developed wherever the immigrating white colonists from the north were subjugated by the black ruling class, and inter-mixture occurred, as in oldest Egypt, Chaldea, Arabia and Phoenicia." -- Eugen Georg "The Adventure of Mankind"

Ethiopianism.com: Promoting the divinities of Ethiopia and Christ's Vision of Judgment through Queen Sheba and her Lambs.

Ethiopianism http://www.metchatchal.com/frontpage.html

Abesha.Com: Ethiopianism http://www.abesha.com/3issue/ethiopianism.html

Ethiopianism/Pan-Africanism in African American Religion http://campuscgi.princeton.edu/~scg/dept/aas/349/scg.s00.shtml

Encyclopedia Britannica: Ethiopianism http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=33713&hook=90050

Ethiopianism : The New Encyclopaedia Britannica http://www.mysunrise.ch/users/milliyon/ethiopianism.htm

Mythical Pasts: Ethiopianism as a Revitalization Movement http://debate.uvm.edu/dreadlibrary/oneill.html

Ethiopianism @ Sellassie U http://sellassie.ourfamily.com/rasta/ethiopianism.html

Ethiopianism: Re-writing the Curse of Ham http://srd.yahoo.com/goo/ethiopianism

MARCUS' LIFE http://rastafusion.free.fr/7may1965e.htm

Ethiopianism constituted the assertion of the dignity of the African http://www.ethiopiafirst.com/news/monthly/2000/Jan11-20.html

Aithiopika and Ethiopianism http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/1999/1999-06-04.html

"Victorianism" and "Ethiopianism" http://www.msu.edu/unit/phl/gradconference/abstracts/abstracts2001.html

Ethiopianism and African Diaspora Identity http://www.cofc.edu/atlanticworld/newpage3.htm

ETHIOPIANISM http://web.syr.edu/~affellem/napti.html

Ethiopianism as a Christian movement http://www.cesnur.org/testi/rasta.htm

"Ethiopianism: The Concept, Chronology and Consequences" http://www3.lehigh.edu/alumni/alummarchprograms.asp

HIH Princess Aster Sellassie & Ethiopianism http://www.jahjahchildrencommunity.com/part1.html

Ethiopia and the mythology of Ethiopianism Ethiopianism and the African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Africa, 1896-1912. http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/cm/africana/authA-M.htm

The Poetics of Ethiopianism http://www.fishernews.org/articles/dubois.htm

Garvey was a firm believer in Ethiopianism http://communities.msn.com/Blackside/blackhistory.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&Pho toID=29

Bob (Marley) cried out about his Ethiopianism and the origin of man. http://incolor.inebraska.com/cvanpelt/baaro.html

"Ethiopianism in Jamaica" http://www.iupui.edu/~raac/html/mcalister.html

Black nationalism and Ethiopianism http://www.rel.tcu.edu/SYL/01F/30343.pdf

"in the service of her Ethiopianism" http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m2838/1_33/54421508/print.jhtml

Greater Ethiopianism http://www.addistewlid.com/vpview.html

Holy Zion! A Study of Ethiopianism http://debate.uvm.edu/dreadlibrary/skowera.html

Joke of the Day : Last fall, Russian archaeologists dug down 300 feet and found traces of copper wire dating back 1000 years. They concluded that their ancestors had a telephone network a millennium ago. Not to be outdone, French scientists drilled down 400 feet, finding traces of optical fiber that were 2000 years old. They gloated that their ancestors had had digital phones 1000 years before the Russian analog system.

Joke Continues: A week later an Ethiopian scientist reported, "after digging to 500 feet, Ethiopian scientists have found absolutely nothing. This proves conclusively that 3000 years ago, our ancestors were already using wireless phones."

Ethiopianism.com: Ethiopia is the metaphysical location where the spiritual and physical bind . Ethiopia is the location of the Garden of Eden, site of the tree of life, where original sin occured. Through Ethiopia we can & must redeem the sins of mankind and those of Adam and Eve through Christ's vision . The fate of Ethiopia is the fate of the Earth. Cure the ills of Ethioipia today and God will help us cure the ills of the world tomorrow through the metaphysical reciprocal exchange of spiritual grace. [Gen 2:13 Gen 10:6 Gen 11:31 Psalm 68:31 Amos 9:7 Ezekiel 30:9 Luke 11:31 Rev. 5:5 ]

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. --Charles Darwin

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