Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. This is accomplished by avoiding words and syllables seen as negative, such as “back”, and changing them to positive ones. Some if not most Rastas choose not to use certain words in teachings of haile selassie pdf English language as they have Babylonian and devil-like connotations.
For example, the word “hello” is not used because it contains the word “hell” and “lo” referring to “low”. Instead words such as ‘Wa Gwaan’, ‘Yes I’ ‘Cool Nuh Iyah’ are used because they are words that uplift people. If at a Rastafari church, they would use their formal church greetings. For instance, the Rastafari branch known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel would say, “Greetings in that Most Precious and Divine Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who has revealed Himself through the wonderful personality of H.
Rastafari principle of “Word, Sound and Power”, which several scholars have compared to West African concepts regarding a power or essence being encapsulated within the pronounced sound of a name or word. In the words of Rastafari scholar E. I and I’ as being the oneness of two persons. So God is within all of us and we’re one people in fact. I and I means that God is within all men.
The bond of Ras Tafari is the bond of God, of man. The term is often used in place of “you and I” or “we” among Rastafari, implying that both persons are united under the love of Jah. Ghana, Me ne me is also said, which literally translate to “I and I”. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations. This is a phonetical representation of “all right”.
English “heights”, means “joy” and also the colour “red”. It can also be short for “Israelites”. Rastafari vocabulary is full of references to the “iya man”, “stepping higher and higher”, etc. It is not a reference to the “high” normally associated with cannabis, but to stepping into higher realms of reality, as in higher awareness. Iya is also used to refer to a friend.