University Of Technology
School OF Computing And Information Technology
November 8, 2010
Tutor: Sydney Lowrie
Narrowed Topic: Rastafarianism and Jamaica
Purpose: To Inform the General Public about Rastafarianism and how it has affected
Jamaica through Reggae Music.
Thesis: Rastafarianism is one of the religions that is dominant in Jamaica and
has increased over the years through Reggae Music.
1. Rastafarianism is both a religion and a movement.
A. Rastafarianism is a Religion in that it promotes a belief in a higher power.
B. Rastafarianism is also a movement because it preaches repatriation.
2. The History Of Rastafarianism dates back to 1930.
A. Marcus Garvey is said to be the prophet of Rastafarianism.
B. Rastafarianism was founded in Jamaica by Leonard P. Howell.
3. Rastafarians have specific beliefs.
A. They Believe that Haile Selassie I is “The Messiah” sent by God.
B. Rastafarians believe that God will return them to Zion (Rastafarians refer to Ethiopia as Zion) and that Ethiopia is the Promised Land and that it is Heaven on Earth.
4. Rastafarianism has had a lasting impact on Jamaica.
A. Rastafarianism is a religion that has spread Island wide and has a lot of
B. Rastafarianism has grown over the years through Reggae Music ( Bob
Evan Schmidt 1997, November 5, 2010, “What is Rastafarianism”, Retrieved From:
Neil Payne 2000, November 5, 2010, “Introduction To Rastafarianism”, Retrieved From:
Leonard E. Barrett, Sr., The Rastafarians: The Dreadlocks of Jamaica (Kingston: Sangster's
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