A religious and political movement originating in Jamaica in the 1930s that bases its doctrine on selections from the Bible and regards Ethiopia as the Promised Land and Haile Selassie I as a messiah, with many members advocating nonviolence and rejecting materialism.
Origin of RastafarianismAfter Ras Tafari, Makonnen, former name of Haile Selassie I, proclaimed a divine being by adherents : Amharic ras, head, prince; see rℵš in Semitic roots + Amharic t&adie;f&adie;ri, feared, participle of t&adie;f&adie;rra, to be feared, derived stem of f&adie;rra, to fear, respect; see prh in Semitic roots.
Variant of Rastafarian
a member of a Jamaican religious sect which holds that Haile Selassie was divine and a savior, that Ethiopia is Eden, and that blacks will eventually be repatriated to Africa
also called Rasta
Origin of Rastafarian; from Ras Tafari, earlier name of Haile Selassie