“EYE N EYE: FROM BABYLON TO ZION”
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Prevelant in Rastafarian culture, “I” is used to replace various pronouns used in American sppech patterns. The use of “I & I” in Rastafari speech eliminates to pronouns you, me, we, and they which are culturally viewed as divisive and replaces them with the communal use of “I and I.” which celebrates and embraces humanity and unity with the Most I (High), through Jah. Thus, creating an endless circle of inity (unity) of “I.” Furthermore, “I and I” is used to emphasize the equality between all people, recognizing that the Holy Spirit within us all makes us essentially one and the same.
Rastafari are monotheists, worshipping a singular God whom they call Jah. Jah is the term in the “KJV (King James Version of the Bible) Psalms 68” Rastas see Jah as being in the form of the Holy Trinity, that is, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Rastas say that Jah, in the form of the Holy Spirit (incarnate), lives within the human, and for this reason they often refer to themselves as “I and I”..
Rastas accept the Christian doctrine that God incarnated onto the Earth in the form of Jesus Christ, to give his teachings to humanity. However, they feel his teachings were corrupted by Babylon. In accordance with their assertion that “word, sound and power”, also object specifically to the English pronunciation of his name /ˈdʒiːzəs/ as impure, preferring instead to use the forms in Hebrew (Yeshu) or Amharic (’Iyesus).
Today, awareness of the Rastafari movement has spread throughout much of the world, largely through interest generated by reggae music, especially the major international success of Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Marley (1945–1981).
By 1997, there were around one million Rastafari faithful worldwide.10 In the 2001 Jamaican census, 24,020 individuals (less than 1 percent of the population) identified themselves as Rastafarians.11 Other sources have estimated that in the 2000s they formed “about 5 percent of the population” of Jamaica,12 or have conjectured that “there are perhaps as many as 100,000 Rastafarians in Jamaica”.
Information courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari_movement