It was developed by the slaves over time in an effort to communicate with each other, especially given that they were from different countries and, for the Africans, also from different tribes.By far, the largest religion in Jamaica is the Christian faith.Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person.
Rastafari itself is a monotheistic belief system, based on teachings found in the Old Testament and the New Testament – particularly the Book of Revelation. The extensive use of song makes Rastafari a particularly musical source of Jamaican culture.
However, what distinguishes Rastafari from Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, (which also cite Abrahamic beliefs), is that Rastas believe in the divinity of the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Rasta cultural traditions include wearing their hair in uncut, uncombed strands known as dreadlocks (in adherence to the Nazarite vow), as well as eating unprocessed (natural) foodstuffs which are known as Ital.
Rastas can be found in many countries outside Jamaica and among many non-Jamaicans.
Because it is not a centrally organised religion, there is no way of knowing how many devotees there are.
The Taino people were enslaved by the Spanish, who were then overthrown by the British, who brought Africans to Jamaica to be enslaved and work on the plantations.