Essay heading: A Sociological View of Rastafarianism

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But the movement to embody the Ethiopian ideology par excellence was the Back to Africa movement of Marcus Garvey (Barret 76). He saw African civilization as anterior to all others and used bible verses which were easily interpretable to portray Africans as the chosen people mentioned in the bible, as in Psalm 68: "Princes shall come out if Egypt and Ethiopia shall stretch forth his hands onto God" (Barret 78)...
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Garvey's persistence culminated in the crowning of Ras Tafari as Negus of Ethiopia. He took the name Haile Selassie and added "King of Kings" and the "Lion in the Tribe of Judah", placing himself in the legendary line of King Soloman, and therefore, in the same line as Jesus Christ of Roman Catholicism...
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