The Rastafari Unpopular Facts

Rastafarians Do Not Say “We” for Plurality

The religious meaning is that a Rastafari is a part of god, at the same time a living man, which is exactly described as an “I” (as the personal pronoun). Because everyone is an “I”, the Rastafari does not say “we” for plurality, but says “I and I”. They often replace some syllables with “I”, like, “eternal” translated into “I-ternal”, “creator” into “I-reator” and “hour” into “I-owa”. The Roman numeric one, which is also I, follows the name of Haile Selassie I, demonstrating the divinity of His Imperial Majesty, Rastafarians believe.

Vocabulary

To make this post clear, we suggest several definitions, many of us, marijuana lovers, already know who is Selassie and why the Lion, yet we pack it briefly into this, err, vocabulary:

Jah — is the name of God in Rastafarian religion, basically the Abrahamic branch, along with Judaism, Islam and all sects of Christianity. Jesus, Jahvee, Allah, Jah, whatever you call it is still the same “personality” (monoteistic deity) of all Abrahamic religions (or branches).

Haile Selassie I — is the last King of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M.), the King of Kings, and the central person and the Messiah (second coming of Christ, no less) in the Rastafarian religion. Rastafarians believe he is the direct decendant of biblical King Solomon and Queen of Sheba, therefore a holy person and the deity which they practically worship. And then Ethiopia is Caanan, the promised land.

★ Zion, or Mount Zion — is a biblical place, which Rastfarians have “moved” from Israel to Africa, in their belief. The traditional (christian) definition of heaven has been rejected as a “spiritual place in the sky”, promoting then that the Mount Zion is the “heaven on earth”.

★ Babylon — is every negative aspect of the “western culture”, which Rastafarian religion opposes in the lyrics of ska and reggae, namely: the law enforcement, the government when going mad, sometimes UK, almost always USA, along with specific political leaders including but not limited to Vatican religious authorities, etc, etc.

That’s it, and we continue listing up the rare facts about Rastafarians:

Ska

Ska was a pop-version of reggae, called “bluebeat” in England, a mix of jazz and blues, outdated by now and rarely in use, so to say: a precursor of reggea. Developed in 1950-60s as a mild protest against social and political conditions in Jamaica. While sounding happy and content ska rhythmes were about pain and suffering of people of Jamaica under governmental regime, very alike to Reggea but in a softer manner of blues. Ska also introduced Jamaican drumming for the first time, long before the transformation into reggea. Famous ska titles were: “Oh Carolina”, “Another Moses”, “Babylon Gone”.

Female Corruptive Influence

Ska musicians expressed deep personal pain they gain from the political forces, and also (surprise!) the pain from the “corruptive influence of a female”, promoting that the temptation of female flesh eventually leads in general to broken hearts, loneliness and teardrops. Well, this explains a lot the meaning of Bob Marley’s “No woman, no cry”, while being romantic in sound it is practically a desgrace of the female role in a society. Not a popular opinion nowadays. Oops!

There are (at least) two monuments to Judah Lion in Addis Ababa

Historically, the Lion is the symbol of the Judah tribe, and is a symbol of the Rastafarian movement, because biblical King Solomon was of the Judah tribe, which also means that His Imperial Majesty King of Kings Haile Selassie is of the Judah tribe as well. The Lion is depicted in his coat of arms, and there are TWO beautiful monuments to this Lion in Addis Ababa.

One was erected in 1930, on the occasion of coronation of Haile Selassie I:

Biblical Judah Lion, symbol of Ehiopia, also in the coat of arms of Haile Selassie, so respected by all cannabis community of the world
Judah Lion, Addis Ababa, erected in 1930 – on coronation of Haile Selassie I

And another one, comissioned in 1954 by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I:

Judah Lion, symbol of Rastafarian religion, Rastafarian movement, and of all cannabis community
Judah Lion, Addis Ababa, erected in 1954, by H.I.M. Haile Selassie

Sometimes, the Lion of Judah is called the Lion of Zion. Both are correct more or less.

Some of Rude Boys were Rastafarians

In 1965 in Jamaica the unemployed ghetto youths, 14-25 years old, living in the shanytown of Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica, formed the strong and well-organized rebellion force armed with knives, cutlasses and guns. They became a certain threat to the middle class, looting houses and shops, clashing violently and quite successfully against the law enforcement, living only for “run faster, jump higher, fuck longer” as they claimed. Rude Boys embraced the image of an outlaw hero, and a symbol of new generation opposing to the system which (they suggested) produced the unemployment and poverty in Jamaica. Guess, that for “ruddies” marijuana was not a spirituality.

However, some were pretending to be and claiming they were Rastafarians, adopting the the Rastafarian language, appearance, dreadlocks. Consequently, citizens of Jamaica organically associated Rude Boys to the already existing negatively lunatic image of Rastafari.

Rastafarians in their turn hardly supported any connection to rudies, and denied it simply because they had never encouraged, neither promoted as a valid solution any violent action towards to or suffering for other people in exchange for gaining own liberty. Rastafarians and Rude Boys, both highlighting the identical goals to “fight” povetry and oppression, indeed espoused two radically different ideologies.

Haile Selassie influenced the incorporation of “rudies” into Reggae

While Haile Selassie’s only visit to Jamaica, in 1966, about 100,000 people wer in the airport, it was said, that about only 10,000 of them were Rastafarians, smoking bongs and chanting. The long-awaited Messiah finally arrived on the island. His Imperial Majesty’s mission (among other goals) was to influence the public opinion persuading political leaders of Jamaica that the Rastas could no longer be written off as “dangerous freaks”.

King Haile Selassie in culture, “Civilization V” videogame

And, at the same exact time, King of Kings has spoken to Rastafarian leaders and proposed a new concept to them — to refuse the idea of physical repatriation to Africa (to the biblical Canaan, the promised land) but replacing it with the idea of political liberation of Jamaica.

Since then — the Rastafarian music, the Reggea, already transforming from Ska to Reggae under influence of R&B, applied to be relatively aggressive and more political. The reggae musicians since then have applied to building the heroic image out of “ruddies” (Rude Boys), demonstrating the virtual alliance between Rude Boys and Rastafarians united from now on against the common enemy, the system that produced unemployment and poverty, the Babylon Evil.

From Ska passive crying Rastafarians slowly switched to Reggea-struggle, the sounds of reggae had changed to the sounds of a society in the process of transformation, religious Rastafarians became also a political power, eventually, promoting rebellion and liberation.

Why Ras Tafari

This is a pretty simple one, no mystics and no magic around. Rastafari worship the King of Kings, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I (of Ethiopia), whose real-world name before being a king was Tafari Makonnen, who was a Duke of Harrar in Ethiopia in his youth as a crown prince, and “Ras” is the word for “Duke” in Ethiopian language. Ras Tafari = Duke Tafari, the ruler of Harrar.

Love is the very idea

The said may call an “agressive image” for the western way of thinking but in reality the Rastarians oppose that western thinking dramatically, they are in reality the silent protesters, and the peaceful rebels, they express their claims and demands exclusively through the music and never mean a violent action. Love and Peace expressing it in asceticism.

Jamaica shanty villa - More Love Sol and Jah
Jamaican Shanty, more love

We are truly humble people whose response to evil is to flee from it

Bongo Dizzy says in “Bongo-man”, rastafarian newspaper, 1968

We have to go to Africa to live with our brothers and sisters there. Blacks remember, our King Haile Selassi grant land space for us in Ethiopia

Rasta Historian, the contributor-writer to “Bongo-man” newspaper, 1968
Rastafari Colors showing the Judah Lion, a symbol of Ras Tafari Religion and of the World Cannabis community
Rastafari Colors showing the Judah Lion, the symbol of Ras Tafari Religion and of the cannabis community, consequently.

Elements Cannabis Plants Want from You (How to Make Indoor Weed Totally Natural)

You are going to grow the all-organic totally-natural marijuana, very dellicious and way potent, and the first thing you focus on then is reaching the most natural environment for your cannabis plants in your indoor garden, as the very first priority. It is the very feasible task, much more than many of us think in the beginning, and it may happen to be eventually even a cheaper solution, even if we speak about the indoor marijuana garden. The prize will be the buds you never have had ever before! You only keep in mind the most important and essential is understanding the nutrients for your whether indica or sativa or whatever else type of marijuana. And herein we tell the tips how you gain the best in the world harvest!

Organic Mariuana Growing Vs. Unnatural

For sake of bare facts, those Human-made (artificial) nutrients are not totally inorganic, because marijuana plants and all plants “eat” ions, like Netrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, among others these three form the well-known NPK formula (see below), and yet let’s call those out-of-the-box nutrient-blends “artificial” by the reason that that they are not produced out of zebra’s poo. The issue with them is in the material into which the basic nutrients (NPK and others) are encased, for example, chelatine or liquids, or the other one. Maybe the easiest way to develop the cannabis plant but it may give certain foreign smells and tastes, and of course it will never be same rich, authentic, unbelievable and undescribable as another one “eating” from zebra’s poo with a help of microbeasties living in the soil.

The Soil is Everything

The main idea of the totally organic growing is “Just Add Water”, so the main job for the grower is to copy the totally wild environment beforehand. Therefore the soil blend is the most important for having all the afterwards process of the organic marijuana growing easy, pleasurable and effective. And that soil must contain all natural stuff, including whatever you want to include to engineer your future success, including a reasonable amount of dung, including small little beasties: they help to convert the organic matter in the soil (zebra’s poo) into ions for the roots to absorb them. The microbeasies shall need oxigen, that is why you want to ventilate the soil. And as soon as you do not buy them from a pet-shop, except for worms, so that the experiments shall be in taking soil from different sources (where there is such an opportunity) and then watching what happens to your plants.

No PH trouble !

The soil is hell important when it comes to the organic weed farming, and especially for indoor, because you need indeed to emulate the whole system to be very close to natural. This may sound like a headache, but you win in the end the beautiful marijuana buds so dank, that you’ll never get back to the “easy way” anymore. And there are certain advantages — for example, the natural environment aids for indoor cannabis to stay healthy, resist better, alike to any living being the nature helps a lot, — and — you care less about the PH level when watering, or even do not care at all, because there’s nobody sitting in clouds with PH-meter every time before it starts raining in the wild nature!

Better soil — bigger yields, and practically you obtain those HIGH yields utilizing the process of nature! translates to quasi-automatically: choose the soil or blend it, and the effort you add on top is only pure water and of course — love. Once you try “organic” way, you’ll never actually want the previous QUALITY suggested by the syntetic nutrients (it aren’t bad, they give other fruits, and convenience, and an optimal timing, and the hydroponic garden is dope and a great fun to have, however the real difference there is).

List of Nutrients Cannabis Plants Want from You

Nutrients are all important and they all form what the nature has designed thru the history of evolution on Earth for the plants to have them healthy and worthy. We break nutrients in groups by importance tho they all are vital, altogether making the solid system of the cannabis plant working well, see the list below.

Monja Eating Natural Banana Fertilizer
Nutrients Cannabis Plants Want From You: Carbon, Oxygen, NPK

PRIMARY CANNABIS NUTRIENTS, remember NPK:

N.P.K. is — Nitrogen (N) is always impotant yet the overdose may show purple on the sterm and up to leaves, mind that the purple colour may also appear from cold or other stress; Phosphorus (P) is essential on the flowering stage; Potassium (K), where “K” for Kalium in Latin, stands the strength of the roots, which in their turn result a stronger stem and a stronger everything.

CARBON is the basic material to build all cells, for you and for cannabis, that is why we are called “carbon-based life” here on Earth, and the plant takes carbon it from CO2, from the air, and Oxygen (O) also from the air, and Hydrogen (H) is taken from water because it’s H2O, and stands for building sugars and helps those microbeasties to work their magic.

SECONDARY CANNABIS NUTRIENTS ARE:

Silicon (Si), Magnesium (Mg) makes the green stuff greener; Molybdenum (Mo), Chlorine (Cl), Copper (Cu), Sodium (Na), Selenium (Se), Nickel (Ni), Zinc (Zn), Boron (B), Iron (Fe), and Calcium (Ca) is often called “the trucker of minerals”, it helps to transfer all of them up along the cannabis plant from roots and also strenghthen the whole structure in general, alike for the bones of human – WAY too important!

This is the reference material, and not an ecyclopedia of science, as usual, however we use it effectively, no problem