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  • Embracing Rasta, spurning the West

    The robed Rastafarian priest looked out over the turquoise sea off Jamaica's southeast coast and fervently described his belief that deliverance is at hand.

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  • While still a tiny sliver of the mostly Christian country's 2.7 million people, Jalani Niaah, a specialist in the Rastafari movement, says the number is more like 8 percent to 10 percent of the population, since many Rastas disdain nearly all government initiatives and not all would have spoken to census takers.

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  • "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.

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