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Visions of ZionEthiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land$
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Erin C. MacLeod

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479882243

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479882243.001.0001

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(p.35) 1 Ethiopianness
Visions of Zion

Erin C. MacLeod

NYU Press

This chapter looks at how Ethiopia challenges the Rastafari perspective on Ethiopian identity. It begins to frame an analysis of the relationship between the way Rastafari view the meaning of Ethiopianness compared with the way Ethiopians definite themselves. It introduces the disjunction between the Ethiopian perception and that of Rastafari regarding this sense of identity. It presents the Ethiopian perception of Ethiopianness, building on a historiocultural approach and explaining changes that have occurred in Ethiopia during the past century. The chapter looks at the ways in which identity has been formed and reformed, and the conflict resulting from various government initiatives as well as ethnic constructions.

Keywords:   Ethiopia, Rastafari, Ethiopian identity, Ethiopianness, ethnic construction

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