The tale of an African emperor, Haile Selassie - the inspiration behind Rastafarian.

(native) Haile Selassie I (ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ,
qädamawi haylä səllasé );
(English) "Power of the Trinity"

Emperor of Ethiopia

Reign 2 April 1930 – 12 September 1974
Coronation:  2 November 1930
Predecessor: Zewditu
Successor:     Amha Selassie

Reign:             27 Sep 1916 – 2 April 1930
Predecessor:  Tessema Nadew
Successor:       Ijigayehu Amha Selassie Monarch Zewditu
Born:                Ras Tafari Makonnen 23 July 1892
Ejersa Goro, Imperial Ethiopia

Died:                27 August 1975 (aged 83)
Jubilee Palace , Socialist Ethiopia
Burial:             5 November 2000
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia

Father:  Makonnen Woldemikael
Mother: Yeshimebet Ali
Religion: Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

The emperor playing with his lion pet

Real name: 

(native) Haile Selassie I (ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ,
qädamawi haylä səllasé );
(English) "Power of the Trinity"

Haile Selassie was known as a child as Lij Tafari Makonnen (Amharic: ልጅ ተፈሪ መኮንን; lij teferī mekōnnin ). Lij is translated as "child", and serves to indicate that a youth is of noble blood. His given name, Tafari, means "one who is respected or feared". Like most Ethiopians, his personal name "Tafari" is followed by that of his father
Makonnen and that of his grandfather Woldemikael. His Ge'ez name Haile Selassie was given to him at his infant baptism and adopted again as part of his regnal name in 1930.
As Governor of Harar, he became known as Ras Tafari Makonnen.
The emperor on his throne

 Ras is translated as "head" and is a rank of nobility equivalent to Duke though it is often rendered in translation as "prince". In 1916,
Empress Zewditu I appointed him to the position of Balemulu Silt'an Enderase ( Regent Plenipotentiary). In 1928, she granted him the throne of Shewa, elevating his title to Negus or "King". 
On 2 November 1930, after the death of Empress Zewditu, Tafari was crowned Negusa Nagast , literally King of Kings , rendered in English as " Emperor ".

Haile Selassie is worshipped as God incarnate  among some followers of the RASTAFARIANISM (taken from Haile Selassie's pre-imperial name Ras—meaning Head, a title looking equivalent to Duke—Tafari Makonnen), which emerged in Jamaica during the 1930s under the influence of Leonard Howell, a follower of Marcus Garvey's "African Redemption" movement. He is viewed as the messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora to freedom.His official titles are Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and King of Kings of Ethiopia and Elect of God, and his traditional lineage is thought to be from Solomon and Sheba. These notions are perceived by Rastafari as confirmation of the return of the messiah in the prophetic Book of Revelation in the New TestamentKing of KingsLord of LordsConquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and Root of David. Rastafari faith in the incarnate divinity of Haile Selassie began after news reports of his coronation reached Jamaica, particularly via the two Time magazine articles on the coronation the week before and the week after the event. Haile Selassie's own perspectives permeate the philosophy of the movement.
In 1961, the Jamaican government sent a delegation composed of both Rastafari and non-Rastafari leaders to Ethiopia to discuss the matter of repatriation, among other issues, with the emperor. He reportedly told the Rastafari delegation (which included Motimore planno), "Tell the Brethren to be not dismayed, I personally will give my assistance in the matter of repatriation.
One of the few pictured of the emperor taken during his last days.

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