How do you become a Rasta?

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How do you become a Rasta?

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Are you interested in the Rastafari world but don't know the basics? You defend the values of the movement and would like to get more involved? Would you like to know how to become a Rasta?

We are passionate about this ideology and its history and know exactly how we can help you.

To become a Rasta, one must first and foremost have the will to do good around oneself. To be a member of the Rastafari movement, one must respect the spiritual principles of this ideology, but above all, one must believe in oneself and in others. All of this is achieved through music, love and meditation.

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In this article, you can learn more about :

  • The fundamentals of Rastafari
  • The daily life and habits of Rastafarians
  • How you too can become a Rastafarian

This movement with its historical roots that interests you so much will have no more secrets for you. You will know how to behave and what actions to take to be a true Rasta member.

Now it is time for you to find out.

1- What is Rastafarianism?

Let us first establish together that in order to become a coherentRastafarian, it is important to understand what the Rastafarian movement is and its turbulent past. Rastafari, between philosophy and religion, is a movement that originated in Jamaica in the 1930s. This ideology is a clever blend of biblical ideas, shivaism and Ethiopian traditions - Kebra Negast.

One of the important figures of the movement is Marcus Gavey who is considered the first prophet of the movement. He advocated a return to the origins of the black people and campaigned to end their suffering. During this same period, Haile Selassie I was crowned in Ethiopia and became the messiah of the culture. The "King of kings, Lord of lords, conquering Lion from the tribe of Judah, Light of the world, Jah Rastafari" was regarded by the first followers as the God-sent liberator.



The Rasta culture began to develop in the 1940s and became very successful in the 1960s. In 1966, Haile Selassie visited Jamaica. This caused a tidal wave and a large number of "converts" - including Bob Marley.

But religion, while important, is not everything. For Rasta people, it's primarily a way of life.

2- Rastafari, a healthy way of life

At first glance, this title may seem a bit surprising. But do you know exactly what the precepts of this culture are? Now let's look at it together.

The movement is based on a very important Bible text, the vow of the Nazarite (read in Numbers 6:1-21). It is a true reference, and it suggests the actions that must or must not be performed.

For example, it is forbidden to cut one's hair. This precept, of course, is at the origin of the famous dreadlocks. However, some groups do not impose this hairstyle. So don't panic if you can't wear an impressive mane!


A Rasta follows a special diet called Ital. He does not eat meat - so that his body does not become a graveyard, his soul is purer and his anger less - and he prefers products that are now categorized as vegan.

If you are interested in Rastafarianism, you know that cannabis is at the heart of the practice. This herb is sacred in Rastafari culture and is used to uplift the soul. It is used during ceremonies or during meditation and is in no way a recreational activity!

The last important point is percussion. With the funde in mind, the instruments - Nyabighi - are used during ceremonies to bring people back to their African origins.

You can also express your philosophy with a Rasta flag - which you can choose from our Rasta flag collection (by clicking on the image below). Three colors are essential:

  • green - fertility and work, symbol of nature
  • red - sacrifice for freedom, symbol of blood
  • yellow - for hope and black, symbol of gold, wealth found in Africa.

3- How do you actually become a Rasta?

Let us now move on to a very important point about becoming a Rastafarian. The Rasta movement is of course about people of African descent - but not only.

Several texts refer to the exodus of Africans. One of the most important writings is the Second Exodus from Babylon. The Africans are identified with the Jews exploited by the Babylonian city. A number of ideas are discussed, such as the materialism of the oppressors, the pursuit of money and capitalism, all of which the movement opposes. They predict the fall of "Babylon" or rather the current way of life.

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A follower will also find himself in the text Jeremiah 51, which denounces man's alienation from nature, disrespect or forgetfulness of love for others.

4- Taking on Rasta thoughts

You don't improvise yourself as a Rasta. First and foremost, it is important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. The first commandment is to believe in yourself. Loving yourself is indeed a path that leads to fulfillment. This can be achieved by creating works of art - be it music or painting. And do not hesitate to display your creations and hang paintings in your home.

What does the Rastaman do in his spare time? He meditates, at least half an hour a day. He listens to music and relaxes.

Taking care of yourself is essential, but you must not forget others. You have to trust them, respect them and try to understand them. Giving them pleasure and help is also very important. A Rasta will support a person in difficulty. He considers the other as his equal.

To build on this understanding: a member of the Rastafari culture will never say "I am going to the market" (even if he is!). He will say "me and I." In this way he will involve others in his action. It also strives to put the other person - regardless of religion, skin color or nationality - in the foreground and respect them for who they are. Check out this article if you want to know more about the principle of the Rastafari religion.

Who has ever delved into this philosophy will have noticed that music occupies an important place. Whether it is reggae or some other tune - yes, yes, it is possible - it must move you. Reggae music (with all its classics) carries the symbols of the teachings and has a rather throbbing rhythm, which allows you to "open" your chakras to use a Buddhist method.

Wondering when the chapter on ganja will come? It is now! The image of the rastaman with a joint in the corner of his mouth is a common one. But it is possible to become a Rasta without smoking. In any case, if you practice, as we already said, it is by no means for relaxation. It is a way to achieve bliss, but if you achieve it with other methods - like meditation - it is just as good. Smoking is a chosen, but not an obligatory act. Quite simply!
Marijuana is therefore rightly considered one of the 14 most important symbols of the Rasta world.

5- The Rasta motto

The most popular quote dictating the Rasta way of life is " One God ! One Aim ! One Destiny !" ", which means "One God! One Aim! One Destiny!" It is attributed to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who is considered one of the first national heroes. But in reality, there are many Rastafarian quotes or ideologies that could be considered Rasta mottoes. Indeed, pillars of the movement such as Bob Marley have enriched it with famous phrases whose echoes can still be heard today.

For example, it is very common to state that :

  • Rasta's know it, they don't believe it.
  • It is not money that can buy life.
  • Better to die for freedom than to die a prisoner
  • Why take life too seriously if you don't come out alive in the end?

Of course, there are many other examples created daily in various reggae sounds or Rasta writings, but in general, all these quotes call for freedom, human rights and international love.

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6- The importance of showing pride in being a Rastaman

As you can see, this is a belief that puts people first - not cannabis! Respect, music and love are the spearheads of this religion that has conquered the world in a very gentle way!

Thanks to all this information, you now know the basic principles of Rastafarianism and its references. You also know what your daily life philosophy should be to be a true Rasta.

It is a very honorable choice to become a Rastafarian follower. It is a part of your identity that you exhibit in broad daylight by advocating for the love of others, which makes your will all the more respectable.

You can also complement your wardrobe with the Rastafarian T-shirts from our collection, to enhance your Rastafarian image. Whether you are discreet or not, you are sure to find the ones that make you proud of your beliefs.

Discover them now by clicking on the image below:


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