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Encyclopedia > Visit of Selassie to Jamaica

An historic visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica occurred on April 21, 1966. One hundred thousand Rastafarians from all over Jamaica descended on the Kingston airport having heard that the man whom they considered to be God was coming to visit them. They waited at the airport smoking lots of cannabis and playing drums. When Haile Selassie arrived at the airport he refused to get off the aeroplane for an hour until Mortimer Planner, a well known Rasta persuaded him that it was safe to do so. From then on the visit was a success. Rita Marley, Bob Marley's wife converted to the Rastafarian faith after seeing Haile Selassie, and her fervour was what drew Bob Marley into the faith himself.

The great significance of this event in the development of the Rastafarian religion should not be underestimated. Having been outcasts in society they gained a temporary respectability for the first time. By making the rasta religion more acceptable it opened the way for the commercialisation of reggae which led to the inexorable spread of Rastafarianism.

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Ratafarianism (1870 words)
Hale Selassie seems to have been very educated and was not a Rastafarian, and some claim there is some evidence that he was a devout Christian (Coptic Christian).
Selassie persuaded the Rastafarian brothers that they "should not seek to immigrate to Ethiopia until they had liberated the people of Jamaica." (The Rastafarians, pp.
In 1974 Selassie was deposed by an army coup, and (according to the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia) on August 27, 1975, Haile Selassie died under mysterious circumstances.
Jamaica Gleaner : Pieces of the Past: In this place dwelt Horatio Nelson (2620 words)
It was during this time that he was promoted to Captain in his early 20s in 1779, and put in charge of 500 men and the batteries at Fort Charles.
A favourite visiting spot of Nelson's while in Jamaica was Flamstead, in the Blue Mountains, where a famous lookout was located.
It is interesting to note that Cubah Cornwallis also saved the Prince's life when, as a midshipman on this journey visiting Jamaica he fell ill. He was the first member of the British Royal family to visit Jamaica.
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