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A Kristofarians Perspective to the True Essence of Rastafarianism


Rastafarianism, a movement deeply rooted in the Caribbean and influenced by African heritage, has long been associated with a unique blend of spirituality, rebellion, and cultural identity. However, within this movement, a lesser-known perspective called Kristofarianism aims to restore the original focus on Christ’s redemptive work. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of Rastafarianism, its evolution into a movement of liberation, and the emergence of Kristofarianism seeking to bring Christ back to the centre stage.

The Roots of Rastafarianism

Rastafarianism emerged in the early 20th century among marginalised communities in Jamaica, seeking identity and liberation from social and economic oppression. It drew inspiration from the teachings of Marcus Garvey, an advocate for the empowerment of black people, and incorporated elements of Ethiopianism, emphasising Africa as the promised land.

Language and Unity in Rastafarianism

The language of Rastafarianism is characterised by expressions of unity, love, and oneness. Phrases like “one love” underscore the movement’s commitment to solidarity among its followers. However, as Kristofarians argue, there is a missing piece in the commonly known narrative – the Christ-centered foundation.

The Rise of Kristofarianism

Kristofarianism seeks to restore the original essence of Rastafarianism by emphasising the importance of Christ in its teachings. The term itself combines “Christ” and “Rastafarianism,” underlining the belief that Christ is the head of the movement. Without Christ, Kristofarians argue, the movement risks being hijacked by alternative spiritual influences. Mama Lucee and Nath Ayo Aiyedogbon, the Lead Pastor of Realm of Glory International Church, founded the movement.

Rebellion and Liberation

Historically, Rastafarianism evolved into a movement of rebellion against societal norms, particularly during times of oppression and injustice. The rejection of the Christianity presented to them, often distorted to perpetuate slavery, led Rastafarians to seek alternative paths for liberation.

The Slave Bible and Religious Deception

The emergence of the “Slave Bible,” which omitted passages about liberation, served as a stark example of how Christianity was manipulated to subdue enslaved populations. Rastafarians, conscious of their liberty, rejected this distorted version and sought to find their own path to freedom.

Kristofarianism’s Message of Redemption

Kristofarians acknowledge the historical deception but emphasise that true liberation comes through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. They aim to reintegrate Christ’s redemptive work into the Rastafarian narrative, presenting a genuine alternative to the distorted Christianity that was used to oppress their ancestors.


The journey of Rastafarianism from a movement of rebellion to one seeking spiritual liberation is rich and complex. Kristofarianism stands as a unique perspective within this movement, advocating for a return to the original roots and emphasising the centrality of Christ. As Rastafarianism continues to evolve, the interplay between cultural identity, spirituality, and liberation remains a fascinating aspect of Caribbean history and global cultural expression.

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Odoh Diego Okenyodo

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