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p5Bob Marley & the Wailers released a revolutionary album called Exodus in 1977. Not only the album’s music was seen as a work of art.  The album cover illustrated on the following page reads, Exodus, purposely resembling “Ethiopia” in the Amharic letters, which is the official languge spoken in Ethiopia.  In 1998, TIME magazine named Exodus the best music album of the 20th century. "Movement of the Jah People" Bob Marley continues, " we know where we're from...we're going to our Father's land...”. Does he mean to Ethiopia? There is your answer. The Rastafari movement, or Rasta, is a new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, whom they call Jah. He is also seen as part of the Holy Trinity as the Messiah promised in the Bible to return. The name Rastafari comes from Ras (literally "Head," an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke), and Tafari Makonnen, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie I.

The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant black people in the early 1930s, arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy partly based on Selassie's status as the only African monarch of a fully independent state, and his titles of King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5). Other characteristics of Rastafari includes various Afrocentric social and political aspirations, such as the teachings of Jamaican publicist, organizer, and black separatist Marcus Garvey (also often regarded as a prophet), whose political and cultural vision helped inspire a new world view.