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Masons and Rastafarianism?
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[quote:skeleton key 42316382:MV8xMDczMDExXzM4NjY0MjkzX0MyMkYyOTBF] As a freemason and a rasta study, I can see the connective tissue. Rasta and Masons believe in brotherly love, truth, relief and unity of man. Masons are not religious, but believe in a higher power as do Rastas. No athiest can be wither a Rasta nor a freemason. Variations of theology however can all live within Ratsafarianism. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Bhuddists, etal can be a part of either group. True Rastafarians believe that Haille Sellasie the first was the living incarnation of Jesus Christ. He embodying all that is holy as a direct descendent of Solomon, whose temple gave birth to masonry as a fraternity. I am certain that there are Rastas that are also masons. Masonry is not about power and control over the masses in some evil conspiracy as many of the ignorant, including some posters here spout as truth. Instead It is about making good men better. It is about adopting a mindset that is anchored in integrity, restraint, wisdom and nonjudgemental ideals. Maybe this will help shed some light on the subject. [/quote]
It makes intuitive sense to me that the Masons could have had a hand in forming what is now Rasta culture. I'm not the most well-versed on Rastafarianism, but I do know they consider ganja, their all-important sacrament, to be the "wisdom weed" found growing on the grave of King Solomon. And I'm sure you know who built Solomon's temple.
Also, they refer to their Deity father figure as "Jah", and I've read that high level Masonic rituals refer to their god as "Jabulon"
Rastas also make frequent use of the Star of David symbol, which is essentially the same exact thing as the Freemason logo, minus the ubiquitous "G".
Then there's the constant references to Babylon, Zion, and the "Chosen People"...
I dunno. Just wanted to see if anyone had some relevant info on the subject.
And I don't mean to disrespect Uncle Bob. Marley was a genuine badass.
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