Visions of Zion: Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land

Visions of Zion: Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land

Erin C. MacLeod

In reggae music after reggae music Bob Marley and different reggae singers converse of the Promised Land of Ethiopia. “Repatriation is a must!” they cry. The Rastafari were traveling to Ethiopia because the circulate originated in Jamaica in Thirties. they give thought to it the Promised Land, and repatriation is a cornerstone in their religion. even though Ethiopians see Rastafari as immigrants, the Rastafari see themselves as returning individuals of the Ethiopian diaspora. In Visions of Zion, Erin C. MacLeod bargains the 1st in-depth research into how Ethiopians understand Rastafari and Rastafarians inside Ethiopia and the position this distinct immigrant neighborhood performs inside Ethiopian society.

Rastafari are strange between migrants, basing their activities on religious instead of fiscal offerings. This quantity deals those that research the move a broader figuring out of the consequences of repatriation. Taking the Ethiopian viewpoint under consideration, it argues that migrant and diaspora identities are the goods of negotiation, and it illuminates the consequences of this negotiation for ideas of citizenship, in addition to for our understandings of pan-Africanism and south-south migration. supplying an extraordinary examine migration to a non-Western state, this quantity additionally fills a spot within the broader immigration experiences literature.

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