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INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ARTWORK:
LION OF JUDAH
The Lion of Judah comes from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. In Judaism, the lion symbolizes the Tribe of Judah. In Christianity, it is assumed to represent Jesus Christ who is described as “The Lion of Judah.” In Rastafari, Haile Selassie is considered to be Jah (God) and is seen as both the reincarnation of Christ and the lion mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation, therefore, he is “The Lion of Judah.”
In addition to the biblical significance of the lion, it also represents the struggle and the strength that rastas endured at the hand of their oppressors. The lion can be found on the Rastafarian flag, and many other things associated with Rastafari.
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