Where is Shashamane Ethiopia the African Rastafarian Promised Land
Shashamane Ethiopia, the African Rastafarian Promised Land
They declared His Imperial Majesty to be the Messiah. Shashamane is 152 miles south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. With around 800 people living in and around its city most are not Jamaicans, Rastafarians settle in Shashamane from around the world.
In April 1941 the Italian troops concentrated in Shashamane after suffering several attacks by the British and South African Armies, and Ethiopian resistance fighters. In 1948 Ethiopian Haile Selassie I set aside 494 acres of land to reward members of the Rastafari movement, Ethiopian World Federation members and other settlers from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean who helped Ethiopia during the Italian liberation battles.
Following up on this, the first West Indian family and Federation members from Montserrat were Mr. James Piper and his wife Helen who arrived that same year as the first land grant administrators, returning to make a permanent settlement in 1955 on behalf of the Federation.
The call to Africa has always been strong, known as Grounation Day, on April 21, 1966, Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica and Rastafari celebrated the world over. The visit was the only time the Emperor visited Jamaica.
When Haile Selassie I was ousted in 1974 the new government of Mengistu Haile Mariam confiscated all but 27 acres of the 494 acres gifted to the Rastafari people. Nevertheless, settlers endured and immigration continues slowly to this day listening to the call and returning home to Shashamane Ethiopia in Africa.
Children born to an Ethiopian citizen and a Rastafarian are considered foreigners in Ethiopia, not recognized as an Ethiopian citizen must go through immigration process to become Ethiopian citizens. These children are called Jamharics who are viewed as not being Ethiopian by Ethiopians or Jamaican by Jamaicans.
It is used in Rastafari reasoning sessions, which are communal meetings involving meditation. However, marijuana is regarded as a dangerous drug, comparable to heroin or cocaine in Ethiopian society.
Rastafarians living in Shashamene want to shake the image of Rastafarians smoking weed all day and hanging around listening to reggae music, Rastafari is much more than weed, dreadlocks and reggae. In Shashamene in the rift valley of Ethiopia, the Rastafari built three schools, numerous businesses including hotels and restaurants. For Rastafarians all over the world survival is a must in Shashamene.