who was Ras Tafari ?

In my youth I often heard of/saw images of ‘Ras Tafari’ usually associated with Reggae/Ska music.. but it wasn’t until much later I found out, he was actually ‘the last Emperor of Ethiopia’ (or was it; Abyssinia ?)

The internet is full of images & ‘info.’ about this man.. I thought I just add a few thoughts of my own; what is this story of a small brown man who has been referred to in light of ‘the second coming’ (also similar to MK Gandhi). As Emperor of Ethiopia, he reportedly diverted much of the state coffers into youth education & health care etc. BUT also he appears to have lived in the style of a ‘wealthy European monarch’. In one picture he wears a military uniform covered in medals.. I can’t comment, but to say; not all of them were ‘self awarded’ he was invested by other countries heads of state.

BUT getting back to the supposed ‘JC connection’ I hear that there was a prophecy about the last emperor. It has been related to the biblical story of a line that; the Queen of Sheba had a son (Emperor Menelik I) by King Solomon & HIM Haille Selassie I, was the last direct descendant. In the bible story about the return of Jesus (the Nazarene) it says ‘he will come with clouds & every eye will see him’. On his 1966 trip to Jamaica, this is reportedly what happened. His aeroplane was about to be turned away, when the clouds ‘parted’ & he landed safely. The world’s media were present & ‘every eye did see him’ (or at least all those watching BBC, CNN, ABC, etc. most in the west who had TV)

But now that Robert Marley has passed also.. his name is not heard as often. He spoke at the UN general assembly in 1936 & then in 1963.. some words from his 1963 speech, were taken & used by Bobby in his song ‘WAR’

‘Haile Selassie I
Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I
mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of
Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been
unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader. I spoke
then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went
unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I
gave in 1936.’

then followed by..

‘On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference
taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the
philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally
and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no
longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until
the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of
his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to
all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting
peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will
remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And
until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola,
in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled
and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman
self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and
good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in
the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day,
the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if
necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the
victory of good over evil.’

… words of the man.. His Imperial Majesty, Haille Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, descended of the Royal line of King David, heir to the throne of King Suleiman, Negus Negast, King of Kings, Lord of Lords & Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God. All praises in the name of the most high, Ras Tafari (Prince Tafari Makonen) of Jah !

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