Rastafarians fearlessly chant down 'Babylon' with the help of reggae music. The 'Babylon' includes economic domination of white people, Western political domination and cultural imperialism. Ratafarians is one of the most powerful cultural forces among youths in Jamaica.
I’ve read that Rastafari is not a highly organized religion, some followers claim that it is not a religion at all. Rather, they consider it to be a way of life.
It is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 Rastafarians in Jamaica. The countries of Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Sudan are all home to Rasta communities.
As far as medical prohibitions go, cosmetic surgery is forbidden, and some followers do not believe in blood transfusions or birth control. I think Marley’s objections to amputation may have come from his interpretation of the Moral Code. The first point of which states, “We strongly object to sharp implements used in the desecration of the figure of Man; e.g., trimming and shaving, tattooing of the skin, and cutting of the flesh.
When most people hear the word “Rastafari,” they think of men with dreadlocks, of smoking ganja, and of men with dreadlocks smoking ganja.
Nathaniel Samuel Murrell
Between the 1930s and the 1950s, few people bothered to study the significance of the political and ideological concepts in Rastafarian culture. Even Jamaicans who may have understood the philosophy of the movement regarded Rastafari as another passing fad, which would die a natural death once the novelty wore off.