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Beyond RastafarI

An Historical and Theological Introduction

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Marzia A. Coltri

This book is an invitation to reflect on how a minority culture emerged from within «Third World» liberation movements. It considers not only the historical and cultural journey between Ethiopia and Jamaica, but also the psychological dynamics of subalterns between the East and the West.
In this work, the author discusses the various beliefs and ideologies of the RastafarI movement in relation to Ethiopia, and challenges the RastafarI misogynistic attitude by rehabilitating the position of women within the movement through the figure of the Queen of Sheba.
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Chapter 3: The link between Rastas and the Ethiopian Christians: The Monophysite doctrine in RastafarI

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CHAPTER 3

The link between Rastas and the Ethiopian Christians: The Monophysite doctrine in RastafarI

Systems of belief provide cult movements with a major source of power. This power, as we have seen, derives not from a body of systematic or logical truths but rather from the psychological, emotional content of the ideology. This is especially true of the Rastafarian beliefs.1

Many beliefs and teachings in RastafarI are in accord with the Monophysite theory of the Ethiopian Christianity, which holds that Christ has one nature. This doctrine is regarded by Rasta people as different from the Western Dyophysite belief, in which God has two separate natures, divine and human.

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