H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I: Rastafari, the birth of the redeemer
H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I, RasTafari the redeemer of the black nation, of the Israelites, was born on July 23, 1892. Haile Selassie I, original name Tafari Makonnen was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
Haile Selassie I, who is the 225th King to sit on the Solomonic throne, the root of King David had been the Regent Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia from 1916.
Therefore, it is our duty to share with you RasTafari history and knowledge. We must learn of the history of our King and our Redeemer.
Haile Selassie I Biography
H.I.M Haile Selassie I was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Haile Selassie was known to his people through many titles from Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah’ to ‘Emperor of the Nation’.
He was an influential figure of the Twentieth Century, symbolizing a new African independence from colonialism. Early life Selassie was born on 23 July 1892 in Ejersa Goro,
the Ethiopian Empire. His childhood name was Lij Tafari Makonnen. At his infant baptism, he was also given the name Haile Selassie which he adopted as his official name in 1930,
when he became Emperor. Haile Selassie translates as “Power of the Trinity” and he was also known as the ‘king of kings.’ His subjects also referred affectionately to him as ‘Jah, Jah Jah’, and Jah Rastafari.
July 23, The Holy Day
This is one of the holiest days of the Rastafarian year. It is celebrated with Nyahbinghi drumming, hymns and prayers. Born in 1892 as Tafari Mahonnen,
Ras Tafari ruled Ethiopia as regent and crown prince from 1916 to 1928, and in 1930 was crowned emperor. This was when he became his Imperial Majesty,
Emperor Haile Selassi I, a name that means ‘Power of the Trinity’. He traced his line back to Menelik I, who was credited with being the child of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
His birth had been foretold by astrologers, who foretold the great drought that started in 1889 and was broken at the moment of the child’s birth, thus confirming his identity and destiny.
His teachers were astounded at the depth of his knowledge and his understanding of ancient Indic religious texts. It is known that he could also converse with animals,
and that savage beasts became docile in his presence. He was a skilled linguist, who learnt to read and write in Amharic and Ge’ez – and also in French.
For a country trying to gain its foothold in the world and seeking to curry favour with the West. The progressive Ras Tafari came to symbolize the hopes and dreams of Ethiopia’s younger population.
In 1923 he led Ethiopia into the League of Nations. The following year, he travelled to Europe, becoming the first Ethiopian ruler to go abroad.
The Rastafari movement emerged in the 1930s, in large part inspired by the vision of Marcus Garvey and focussed on the belief that Haile Selassie was a divine being and the redeemer of the black people.
Although the anticipated mass repatriation to Africa has not occurred, the movement has spread throughout much of the world, largely through immigration and the interest generated by reggae music –
most notably, that of Bob Marley. For the more than a million Rastafarians worldwide, the anniversary of the birth of Haile Selassie is considered one of the most significant days of the Rasta year.
Therefore, on this Royal and holy day to we who are of the faith of RasTafari, we pray you joy and blessings on the earthstrong of Haile Selassie I. We pray that today you will be filled with the spirit of Jah.
Therefore, let RasTafari principles and laws govern the earth. Let Jah arise and His enemies scatter. I pray that this knowledge was helpful. Be blessed. Selah.