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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: White Crane Publishing (June 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907347038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907347030
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on December 1, 2013
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This is a fundamental document about the religion that is behind Rastafarians and later on Reggae, the Ethiopian religion. It is also essential ro understand the context of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). This religion is a religion of the 20th century that finds its origin among the blacks in Jamaica, then an important development field in the USA, and of course later on in Ethiopia with the crowing of Haile Selassie I. It is important to see the model from which it comes and then the originalities developed in this new version of what is mainly the Old Testament.

It is founded on Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, more precisely on Ham and his sons. Ham did something disrespectful to Noah, his father, and Noah cursed Ham’s youngest son for his father’s fault.

Genesis 9.18 And the sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are the three sons of Noah, and from them was the whole earth overspread. 20 And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brethren outside. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25 And he said, “Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” [Genesis 10: 6 And the sons of Ham: Cush and Mizraim, and Put and Canaan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bramble on April 15, 2013
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If you don't believe in a higher power then this book might help you to think more about it. But everyone don't see eye to eye so you might still be a non- believer
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sml17 on June 12, 2010
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The Holy Piby is a short book, reprinted from the original publication of many decades ago. It is reputed to be the basis for Rastafarian beliefs in that it speaks of prophecies and revelations connected to the repatriation of all Africans to their original continent, manifested as "Ethiopia". What I found remarkable in the content of the text is that the story begins neither in Africa or Jamaica, but in Patterson NJ, where racism and economic difficulties in the 1920s and 30s created a fertile environment for the hopes of "negroes" to attain complete civil rights. This book was written prior to the coronation of Prince Ras Tafari, who took the imperial name of Heile Selassi when he ascended the throne of Ethiopia. This is seen as the fulfilment of one of the three key prophecies in the Holy Piby.

The Holy Piby's language and scholarship is unequal to other holy writings, deficient in grammar and narrative thought. Nevertheless it is a very valuable instrument in examining the aspirations and origination of Rasta.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RIVER ROAD GIRL on June 11, 2010
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I purchased this book for a friend who is a very serious
Rastafarian. He just loves the book, and has read it again and again the first week he received it. I cannot recommend it for a non-Rastafarian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
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This was an interesting book. Very insightful for those of you wanting to know more about rasta history and guide lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Winn on March 7, 2014
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Still currently reading the book but from what I acquired thus far it's a must have and packs a lot of knowledge
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By Jerodd Whitehead on April 10, 2015
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It gives you an understanding of why Rasta came about. It shows why Rasta has its morals and ideologies, it was outlawed in Jamaica possibly due to how it can change your perspective on some things. It mentions Marcus Garvey as an apostle. if you're looking for a book to be a source to write a report this may not be the book for you, but if you're a Rasta or person interested in Rasta.
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