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The Rastafarian symbols are important tools to the Rasta’s and their religion and a massive amount of Rasta’s see it as a way of life rather than a religion as a result of this the researcher did a research in order to find out “The importance of the Rastafarian symbols to the Rasta’s and why does the Rasta’s of the community of Princess Field, St. Catherine.

Topic: Rastafarian

Aims of Research: Symbols

Statement of Aims:

1. What are the different symbols in Rastafarian
2. The significance of the Rastafarian symbols.
3. The founder and foundation of the different Rastafarian symbols.
The different uses of the Rastafarian symbols.
4. What major impact the symbols have on the Rastafarian followers

Summary of Findings

According to The New Integrated Approach Religious Education Workbook, Rastafarians has many symbols. The public symbols are the most dominant. These involve hair styling and their use of food.

Hair styling
Many Rastafarians wear dreadlocks and beard, but not all of them do. To grow dreadlocks, Rastas just wash it and leave it. The locks take time to grow and one cannot just change his or her hairstyle without showing all of his or her hair. Therefore, it is a symbol of commitment. Rastas’ locks are also a semi- permanent symbol that signifies their devotion to Jah.

The use of Food
Rastafarians do not eat meat, they are strictly vegetations. Their diet has to be natural; therefore no artificial food is used. Only a few dairy products are eaten. Rastas’ diet consists of Ital food, which means they do not use salt. Their favourite dish is rice and peas cooked in natural coconut milk and natural spices. Vegetables are then added. Rastas’ diet also consists of plenty nuts, beans and fruits. They boil...

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