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Roman Catholicism and Rastafarianism - A Comparative Essay The religion of Catholic Christianity was established just after the death of Jesus near the beginning of the Common Era Jesus the Son of God and Messiah was born a Jew Early Christianity was therefore a strand of Judaism and it wasnt until later that Judaism and Christianity were separated One of the main components of the Christian religion is the rituals that members of the church participate in such as Mass the Sacraments and the Sign of the Cross The structure of the church is a hierarchy the leader of the Catholic Christianity being the Pope supported by cardinals archbishops bishops priests and brothers and nuns Christianity has many stories such as those in the Bible those of the Saints and the story of the history of the church Rastafarianism is a relatively new religious and political movement established from the Back to Africa movement led by a Jamaican nationalist Marcus Garvey in the 1920s and 1930s Garvey prophesised that a black king would be crowned in Africa and that he would be the real Messiah foretold by the Catholic Christians Bible Rastas believe that this was fulfilled when Ras Prince Tafari was crowned Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia It is interesting to compare Rastafarianism with Catholic Christianity as Haile Selassie himself was a Christian and was puzzled by Jamaican followers who attempted to worship him All Rastafarians look forward to the spiritual return to Africa where they will be free of oppression brought about by the white man There is no formal structure in the Rastafari faith as it is believe that everyone is equal The major difference in Rasta and Christian beliefs is that Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah and Rastafarians believe that white people tricked the world into believing that Jesus was white and that Haile Selassie is the real Messiah Rastas believe that all Africans are descended
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