I had forgotten this post, taken some time ago.
The vendor looks slightly bemused I wanted this shot, of him and his shop.
I was also bemused by this ????? change of culture.
If it was on the beaches of the south, where there are plenty of bars with Reggae music, and the Rastafarian lifestyle that Bob Marley endorsed, I could possible understand.
But this is Chatuchak market…. In Bangkok, far, faraway from Kingston town in Jamaica.
So the only name for this photo has to be “Rasta for Thai” in place of Rastafaria.
These colours are frequently seen on clothing and other decorations. Red stands for the blood of martyrs, green stands for the vegetation of Africa, while gold stands for the wealth and prosperity Africa has to offer.
The significance is that they identify the colours from the Ethiopian flag. Therefore they are a symbol of the Rastafari movement
The Rastafari movement, is a religion and philosophy that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as Jah (the Rasta name for God incarnate, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalms 68:4 in the King James Version of the Bible), and part of the Holy Trinity as the messiah promised to return in the Bible. The name Rastafari comes from Ras (Duke or Chief) Tafari Makonnen, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie I. The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant black people in the early 1930s, arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy partly based on Selassie's status as the only African monarch of a fully independent state, and his titles of King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5). Other factors leading to its rise include the sacred use of Cannabis, and various Afrocentric social and political aspirations, such as the teachings of Jamaican publicist and organiser Marcus Garvey (also often regarded as a prophet), whose political and cultural vision helped inspire a new world view. The movement is called Rastafarianism by some non-Rastas although some Rastas themselves regard that term as improper and offensive.
The Rastafari movement has spread throughout much of the world, largely through interest generated by reggae music—most notably, that of Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Bob Marley. By 2000, there were more than one million Rastafari faithful worldwide.
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kevinos (7517) 2006-10-05 10:30
I have seen a couple of Rasta types about in Thailand. Mostly in Rai Lei, in Krabi. I even posted a picture of a Rasta rock climber a year or so ago. It is hard to imagine that there would be enough of them to warrant a shop dedicated to it. Of course 'the herb’ used to be popular before the bullet in the head solution. You have found a very interesting subject. As for the picture itself, I like the overall pattern and colour. However, the bits of dark head in the foreground really do spoil it and I would have likes the owner of the shop to be completely included. If you had found a moment when he was in the shot and the heads were not, it would have been even better. Regards Kevin