Living in zion: Rastafarian repatriates in Ghana, West Africa

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Abstract

The theme of repatriation figures prominently in a repertoire of symbols and concepts associated with Rastafarianism. Yet the experiences and perspectives of repatriated Rastafarians remains an uncharted area of research in Rastafarian scholarship and studies in the African diaspora, more broadly conceived. What impact does an actual physical repatriation have on the Rastafarian ethos of repatriates? For example, is there a reworking or confirmation of notions of Zion and Babylon that comes with actually experiencing the fulfillment of repatriation? Based on ethnographic research in Ghana, West Africa, this article explores the experiences and perspectives of repatriated Rastafarians from Jamaica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-709
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Black Studies
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Back-to-Africa movements
  • Ghana
  • Pan-Africanism
  • Rastafarianism
  • Rastafarians
  • Repatriation

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