"the irregular, discolored plates laser scrawled with Rastafarian symbols"

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The Rastafari movement is called a 'a way of life', not a religion. Rastafarianism is rooted in the principle of black self-reliance and self-empowerment combined with a pro-Africa consciousness.

Rastafarians believe that Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie (1892-1975), Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1974), was a reincarnation of the Messiah and that Ethiopia is the Promised Land.