Born Barrington Reynolds, Prof I is from a middle-class Christian family with roots in Ocho Rios. Moving to west Kingston as a boy, he became a disciple of Rastafari and became inspired by the traditional drumming of groups like The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus.
Prof I; a Mystic, Nyabinghi drummer and chanter and a Jamaica base Elder Rasta explains what RASTA really is. According to Prof I:
Rasta is a way of live before comb, razer, fork, spoon, knife, meat eating, fire consuming and any world civilization. It is the culture of the first man who ever walked the earth. Rasta is a way of life and a spiritual movement but not an organization or religion registered under any system even though there are religious organizations who wear locks and called themselves Rasta. To him, Nyabinghi is the root Rasta which is not an organization or religion.
Dreadlock is one of the most important element of the Rasta culture. Peace, love, unity, respect for all, equality of all living things are the foundation of Rasta culture. Nyabinghi drumming and chanting is the foundation of the spiritual aspect of Rasta.
In Rasta culture, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings is not seen as God and He is not worshiped by people holding on to the Rasta culture. Rasta gives His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I maximum respect because Rasta sees him to be the greatest man to ever walked the earth. Rasta don’t see His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I to be God because he is not a creator, He doesn’t have hand in creation. Rasta hold His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I in higher esteem because of the love He showed Jamaica some time in history when Jamaica was in crisis.
Rasta is all about love for all but lack of knowledge about Rasta culture makes many look down upon people who up hold Rasta culture and discriminate against them.
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