What do Rastafarians mean by Babylon?
Babylon is an important Rastafari term, referring to governments and institutions that are seen as in rebellion against the will of Jah (God).
It has gone on to also refer to corrupt members of government, or “politricksters” who continue to oppress the poor, regardless of race..
What does Babylon Symbolise?
Resseguie says that Babylon “is not merely a representation of the Roman Empire.” It is “the city of this world” and a cipher for “the tyrannical ways of evil.” Perhaps the phrase is specifically referencing some aspect of Rome’s rule (brutality, greed, paganism).
Why do Rastafarians talk about Zion?
Rastas view “Zion” as an ideal to which they aspire. As with “Babylon”, this term comes from the Bible, where it refers to an idealised Jerusalem.
Why do Rastas hate Babylon?
The reason why the tern “Babylon” is used as opposed to another is due to the fact that for the most part the Bible was the only reference point available to most enslaved Africans and since they were stripped of cultural identity and their children were forbidden from learning to read, biblical terminology proved to …