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“That discriminatory vibe has relaxed. But even so, we still don’t see a person with locks working in a bank these days, we don’t see a person with locks in the police force as we would see in America or other places,” Mr. Rebel said.
The first dreadlocked politician in Jamaica’s Parliament was elected only last year.
Many Rastas advocate reparations for slavery and a return to Africa. The latter is a particularly fervent desire among those at Bobo Ashanti, who differ from other Rasta sects in the belief that their founder, King Emmanuel Charles Edwards, was the black incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Some Jamaicans dismiss the faith as bizarre.
“There is a whole part of the society that would still consider Rastafari to be delusional, and this is largely hinged on the claims made about Emperor Haile Selassie and also the consumption of [marijuana] and the idea of repatriation,” said Mr. Niaah, the University of the West Indies lecturer.
But for adherents like Prince Xavier, 27, a Frenchman who moved to the Bobo Ashanti commune a couple of years after being introduced to Rastafarians in his native Paris, it’s providing answers and a positive self-identity.
“I’m learning a lot about Rastafari and about our heritage,” said the bearded Frenchman, clad in a red turban and black robe. “It is a matter of life and death.”
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