The Rastafari, who are sometimes known as Rastas, originated in Jamaica in the 1930s. They worship Haile Selassie I (who was Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930 and 1974) and believe that his time on earth represented the 'second coming' of Jesus Christ. Although there are some similarities between Rastafarian beliefs and Jewish and Christian beliefs, most Rastafarians are reluctant to describe the Rastafarian way of life as a religion.
The Rastafarian ethos has been popularised and promoted through reggae, a musical genre which originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. It is particularly associated with Peter Tosh (1944-1987) and Bob Marley (1945-1981) who were both members of the group Bob Marley and the Wailers.
One aspect of the spiritual journey of the Rastafari is to allow the hair to grow in matted coils known as dreadlocks. These develop naturally when the hair is not routinely cut, combed or brushed.
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