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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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Christianity and the King, Marriage and Marijuana

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Visions of Zion

Erin C. MacLeod

NYU Press

This chapter turns to stories that Ethiopians tell about Rastafari, analyzing these perceptions and presumptions, and situating them within the context of the history and religion of Ethiopia. From a historical perspective, the Ethiopian perception of Rastafari stems from both Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and Emperor Haile Selassie himself. Despite the presence of some indicators of connection between Ethiopians and Rastafari, namely, marriage and community involvement, Ethiopians view Rastafari as a threat. This can be analyzed by means of integrated threat theory, which explains how predjudices develop. Interactions between Rastafari and Ethiopians tend to mediate threat, especially within the space of Shashemene.

Keywords:   Ethiopia, Rastafari, integrated threat theory, immigrants, Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, Emperor Haile Selassie, prejudice, Shashemene

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