Instructions: For part 1, use these two websites-Rastafari and Slavery , and Bob Marley, in that order - to answer the following questions. For part 2 , you should re-watch the Buffalo Soldiers music video, look carefully at the lyrics sheet, and will also need to reference your previous work on Buffalo Soldiers. Use a dictionary to look up any words you don’t know.
Part 1:Rastafari and Slavery and Bob Marleywebsites
For Rastafarians, where is the Promised Land?
In your own words, what is repatriation? (You can consult a dictionary if needed)
Return to your home country
Christopher Hagelin is quoted as saying “Rastafari is a revolutionary cultural reaction to the colonialism, down-pression, slavery, and persistent poverty that has marked Jamaica’s past and present.”
How are the founders of Rastafari tied to slavery?
The founders are descendants of slaves, who were brought to Jamaica from Africa
Why do you think it is important for the followers of Rastafari that it “provides a religious context for black people separated from their roots?”
Possible answer: the people felt a need to fill a spiritual lack they felt particularly due to their history of slavery and repression/ this religion is specific to a particular group of people that all have this common experience
Explain Rastafari’s tie to Christianity (make sure you read the whole page before answering):
Rastafari is partially a response to Christianity, the slave-owners were Christian, and some of them did not want their slaves to be Christian as they thought it was for whites
Explain how reggae music reflects Rastafarian themes:
Slavery and oppression are common topics of reggae music