Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 203152 -0600
From: "Carl E. Olsen"
Subject: personal message to Sis. Marcia

Louv Sister Marcia,

I posted your message on my web pages


The name RASTAFARI causes my web pages to get a lot of traffick from people who call themselves RASTAFARI.  Without exception, all of these people believe that Haile Selassie (emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1975) was the exclusive incarnation of God in the 20th Century.  It's interesting to me that the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (the church that evolved from your dad's teachings) is the only RASTAFARI group that doesn't share this belief.  It's also interesting to me that Marcus Garvey spoke out against the worship of Haile Selassie as God.  I've collected some of Marcus Garvey's letters concerning Haile Selassie on my web pages


How do you account for the name RASTAFARI?  How did it come to be used by your dad?  And how did it come to be used by Haile Selassie, who was called RASTAFARI sometime around the turn of the century (circa 1900)?

Bro. Carl