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Visions of ZionEthiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land$
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Erin C. MacLeod

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479882243

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479882243.001.0001

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My Father’s Land

(p.1) Introduction
Visions of Zion

Erin C. MacLeod

NYU Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine how Ethiopians perceive the Rastafari. Though the Ethiopians view Rastafari as immigrants, Rastafari see themselves as returning members of the Ethiopian diaspora. The book delves into what happens when a group of people searches for their Promised Land without understanding the people who already live there, and highlights the reactions of the native inhabitants to the arrival of those seekers. In essence, it argues that migrant and diaspora identities are the products of negotiation and it looks at the implications of this negotiation for concepts of citizenship, diaspora, and migration. The remainder of the chapter offers an introduction to Rastafari and their connection to Ethiopia, a basic overview of Rastafari thinking, and discusses theories of migration and movement.

Keywords:   Ethiopia, Rastafari, migrants, diaspora, citizenship

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