The Rastafari movement
is an African-based spiritual ideology that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica . It is sometimes described as a religion but is considered by many adherents to be a ” Life Style “. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his second advent, or as God The Father. Members of the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastas, or The Rastafari. The way of life is sometimes referred to as “Rastafarianism”, but this term is considered derogatory and offensive by most Rastafari, who, being highly critical of “isms” (which they see as a typical part of “Babylon culture”), dislike being labelled as an “ism” themselves.