Rastalogy is a religion or way of life that has been around for nearly one hundred years. Beginning in the island nation of Jamaica in the 1930s, Rastalogy was developed as something of a reaction to the British colonization that existed in Jamaica during that time, which often felt stifling to the people who would eventually become what are know as Rastafarians, Rastafari or Rastas.
While Rastalogy does consider the Bible a holy book and has many roots in Christianity, it lacks specific authority in the way other religions do. Rastas do believe in God —or Jah— but do not have a symbol, such as a Pope, to be an authority figure.
One of the most important things about Rasta culture is the belief that one should lead life in a natural way. This presents itself in many different ways, including following a vegetarian diet, allowing hair to be natural (which explains the common adoption of dreads) and utilizing marijuana. Marijuana is a natural substance that has long been part of Rasta culture.
When one thinks of Rasta culture, it is nearly impossible not to think of famed Rasta influencer and reggae music sensation Bob Marley. Bob Marley’s music and lifestyle celebrate the love and freedom so often talked about in Rasta teachings. In fact, those teachings were also a big part of the life and purpose of his son, Julian Marley, who went on to not only do music, but bring high quality marijuana to those who believed in the Rasta lifestyle. This ultra premium cannabis is a tribute, not only to his father, but to the Rasta lifestyle. With strains like Heavenly Heights, it reminds customers that they too can reach enlightenment of the Rastafari.
To those who practice Rastalogy, smoking cannabis, particularly ultra premium cannabis, is beneficial to the mind, body and soul. Smoking cannabis has cultural significance and importance to the Rastafari and it is considered something of a religions rite or sacrament.
Rastas avoid all other substances like alcohol, cocaine and heroine as they are not natural and they alter the mind and body in a way that is detrimental, unlike strains of premium cannabis such as JuJu OG.
As mentioned previously, cannabis is not the only plant central to the Rasta lifestyle. Rastas also use plants as a central part of their diets. Most Rastas live a vegetarian lifestyle, heavy in fruits and vegetables. To sustain the body through natural sources and not needlessly harm animals or God’s creatures, fits well into the Rasta narrative.
It is important for Rastas to be kind to the world around them and allow Mother Earth to thrive. They believe that the Earth will provide what they need to survive without the need for manufactured products that could potentially harm the Earth.
By adopting these beliefs, Rastas remain a peaceful and soulful group, with nearly one million practicing Rastafarians around the world according to a recent study. This practice of living simply and naturally is one that has provided generations of Rastas with a quality life.