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♔ ✡ H.I.M.✤Q.H.S. ✡ ♔

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to yet another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance!  This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

Ras Tafari Renaissance writes in this 400th year of the dispensation (Biblical prophecy of the children of Israel, being afflicted or entreated evil, for four hundred years: Gen. 15:13, & Acts 7:6 )to give perspective to the Ethiopian commemoration of what is known in Ras Tafarian circles as the “EarthStrong” or Birth date of Ras Tafari, H.I.M.self.  Prophecies were fulfilled,stars were aligned (especially pertaining to the Inundation of the Nile River & the so-called “Dog-Star” constellation), what more can we here at Ras Tafari Renaissance say about the birth date, of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie (born July 23, 1892;  Täfäri Makʷennin woldä-Mikáèl [ተፈሪ መኳንን ወልደ ሚካኤል]), in Ejersa Goro; Harar Province, Ethiopia; Africa.

ejersa goro

In Ejersa Goro,  he was born to Ras Makʷennin & Yashimabet Ali, just outside of Harar; even in a Christ-like manner in rural Harar, of the late 1800s.

 

 

Woyzero Yashimebet Ali (mother of Haile Sellassie photograph)

Woizero Yashimebet Ali [sometimes known to surnamed “Gamcho,” and/or AbaJifar](mother of [Tafari Makʷennin] photograph

The youngest of ten children,  Täfäri was the only surviving and legitimate son of Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harar, which allowed him to become involved in the political field (if you please…?), as far as, the Kingdom of Ethiopia stood. 

H.I.M. earthstrong rising SIRIUS star - inundation of Nile River(July23-Hamle17-Tammuz7)

** SPECIAL READINGS **

Rev. 12:5

II Sam. 7:16

Rev: 12:13

Ps. 124

I Cor. 15:24

Lidj Teferi with his father Ras Makennin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_aristocratic_and_court_titles

http://www.ethiopiancrown.org/Imperial-Traditional-Ranks-n-Titles

tmwm

The coming forth of Haile Sellassie to the earthly plane was an emphatic occurrence that its still celebrated to this day in age, especially by Ras Tafarians worldwide.  Mainly because of its prophetic institution, and Biblical reverence within historical events.  These succeeding events that took place, worldwide but especially in Ethiopia, brought about the recognition of the importance of the Scriptures, in real time.

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** May 25th – 🌍 – Marks, African Liberation Day **

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

With that said, today marks a special observance throughout the world that is a growing phenomena coined as,……

“Africa Day” (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.); (now known as the African Union) on 25th of May, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

The Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.), was established on May 25th, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; with 32 signatory governments. One of the main heads for O.A.U.’s establishment was none other than Kwame Nkrumah.

Organization of African Unity founding members’ (heads of state during 1963)

The OAU’s founding by the then, African nations that had the main aim of bringing the African nations together and resolving the issues within the continent.  Its first ever conference was held on May 1st, 1963 in Addis Ababa; In that conference, the late Gambian historian, and one of the leading Nationslists & Pan-Africanists at the time — Al-Hajji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof delivered a speech in front of the member states—in which he said:

“It is barely 75 years when the European Powers sat round the table in Germany each holding a dagger to carve up Africa for its own benefit.… Your success will inspire and speed up the freedom and total independence of the African continent and eradicate imperialism and colonialism from the continent and eventually neo-colonialism from the globe… Your failure, which no true African in Africa is praying for, will prolong our struggle with bitterness and disappointment. I therefore adjure that you ignore any suggestion outside Africa and holding that the present civilization, which some of the big powered are boasting of, sprang up from Africa, and realising that the entire world has something earthly to learn from Africa, you would endeavour your utmost to come to agreement, save Africa from the clutches of neo-colonialism and resurrect African dignity, manhood and national stability.”

The First Congress of Independent African States was held in Accra, Ghana on April 15th, 1958. It was convened/proctored by then, Prime Minister of Ghana; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and comprised representatives from countries such as: Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (which is now a Republic) and, of the host country Ghana.

The conference showcased progress of liberation movements on the African continent in addition to symbolizing the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Although, the Pan-African Congress had been working towards similar goals since its foundation in 1900, this was the first time such a meeting had taken place on African soil.

An archived Invitation Letter to the First Known Pan-African Conference at Westminster Town Hall in July, of the year 1900.

The Pan-African Congress, following on from the 1st Pan-African Conference of 1900 in London; was a series of meetings, held in 1919 in Paris (1st Pan-African Congress), 1921 in London (2nd Pan-African Congress), 1923 in London (3rd Pan-African Congress), 1927 in New York City (4th Pan-African Congress), 1945 in Manchester (5th Pan-African Congress), 1974 in Dar es Salaam (6th Pan-African Congress), 1994 in Kampala (7th Pan-African Congress), and 2014 in Johannesburg (8th Pan-African Congress), that were intended to address the issues facing Africa as a result of European colonization of most of the continent.

Fifteen African countries were represented. Their goal was to change the way Europeans governed Africa, with the eventual goal of African independence. Their second goal was influence the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of World War I.

The Pan-African Congress gained a reputation for being known as a peace maker for decolonization in Africa and in the West Indies, areas of the world.  The P.A.C., made significant advances in the advocacy of the Pan-African cause. One of the demands was to end colonial rule and end racial discrimination, against imperialism and it also demanded human rights and equality of economic opportunity. The manifesto given by the Pan-African Congress included the political and economic demands of the Congress for a new world context of international cooperation.

But, in any odds, five years after the Conference of 1958 in Ghana, on 25th of May, in 1963, representatives of thirty African nations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor Haile Selassie.  By then, more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states. At this meeting, the Organisation of African Unity was founded, with the initial aim to encourage the decolonization of Angola, Mozambique, South AfricaandSouthern Rhodesia. The organisation pledged to support the work conducted by freedom fighters, and remove military access to colonial nations. A charter was set out which sought to improve the living standards across member states. Selassie exclaimed, “May this convention of union last 1,000 years.”


The charter was signed by all attendees on 26 May, with the exception of Morocco.  At that meeting, Africa Freedom Day was renamed Africa Liberation Day.  In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union.  However, the renamed celebration of Africa Day continued to be celebrated on May 25th, in respect to the formation of the O.A.U.

links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_Day

https://www.gov.za/AfricaDay2019

http://alduhuru.org

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-25/secretary-generals-message-africa-day-scroll-down-for-french-version

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/ecobank-nigeria-celebrates-africa-day/

https://aaprp-intl.org/commemorate-liberation-african-liberation-day/https://www.workers.org/2019/05/20/on-african-liberation-day-end-sanctions-on-zimbabwe/

10 Things to Know About Africa Day

Liberia declares May 25 as ‘Africa Day’

African Liberation Day and Agenda 2063

On African Liberation Day, end sanctions on Zimbabwe!

 

Battle of Adwa (አድዋ) – 1st of March 1896

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the Ethiopian commemoration of the Battle of Adwa.  A history changing event that shocked the world to its core.  At the time of the Battle of Adwa, the African continent was nearly colonized at every angle. due to to the “Scramble for Africa“.  The only two countries that hadn’t been colonized by European countries were Ethiopia & Liberia.  But even with all of this in the forefront, Ethiopia had defended itself well against Italian forces; saving the whole of Africa from total colonization.

battle-of-adwa-1896

The valiance of the Ethiopian people, in defense of their country, became a phenomenal example of unity, belief, heritage, & pride.  The Ethiopian people; men, women, & children, in some cases, banded together the banner of the Ethiopian flag: red, gold, & green to put aside their differences in ethnic origin, tribe, religion etc., to secure a future that would include all of them, on their own land.

contemporary artwork displaying the courageous acts of Empress Taitu Betul; wife of Emperor Menelik II & Ethiopian Empress.

contemporary artwork displaying the courageous acts of Empress Taitu Betul; wife of Emperor Menelik II & Ethiopian Empress.

The Treaty of Addis Ababa, formally brought an end to the First Italo-Ethiopian War, (in which the Battle of Adwa, was the pinnacle) whereas Italy officially recognized Ethiopia as a independant and sovereign state.  This treaty has been said to be a secret agreement, for more than scholars’ obvious reasons as Italy would eventually attempt to colonize Ethiopia again, in the coming Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

[Treaty of Addis; Oct. 23. 1896]

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II: Negus Nagast ze Ethiopia

For this celebration of the victory at the Battle of Adwa, I would also like to direct all of you to check out this video log from the Ghion Journal on this particular topic. Please, again support & contribute to spreading the news and views of our affiliates?!

http://ghionjournal.com/lessons-adwa-unity-defeated-tyranny/

other links:

♔ Coronation Day – Nov. 2, 1930 – “Day of the LORD” ♔

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

Ras Tafari Renaissance commemorates the Coronation & Wedding of His Imperial Majesty & Her Imperial Highness of Ethiopia.  Ras Tafari, holds this day in history as fulfillment of Scripture, & the beginning of the redemption of the children of Israel.  On November 2nd, 1930, the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen ushered in a new wave of pride in the black world.

November 2nd, 1930

November 2nd, 1930

http://rastaites.com/HIM/biblecoronation.html

Even before and during the inception of the League of Nations (now known widely as the United Nations); Not even the election of Barack Obama can be compared in scope with the coronation: Ethiopia had at the time never been occupied by a foreign power and remained the only uncolonized territory on the African continent. The nobility of the Ethiopian court and the respect it commanded through the League of Nations–and the success with which its head negotiated the hostile waters of the international political scene post-WWI, –– was lost on few.

Foreign Dignitaries present at the Coronation of H.I.M.

Foreign Dignitaries present at the Coronation of H.I.M.

Critically acclaimed National Geographic published an issue with the coronation as the cover story and lavished accolades onto the monarch in a way that was unprecedented in talking about Africans. Indeed, many attempts were made by media to discredit Selassie’s “blackness” – after all he was a descendant of King Solomon!

Coronation image _ painting by Afework Tekle

Coronation image _ painting by Afework Tekle

Custodianship of the popular opinion of Haile Selassie has gradually moved towards the Ras Tafari movement, as the movement itself has gained more freedoms, not in the least through the spread of Reggae music. This tradition has proved very efficient in disseminating basic knowledge to the more crucial information given of & about Selassie into popular conscience, especially in the Caribbean.  Just as old Ethiopians could swear on Selassie as being referred to as Janhoy – (meaning the Elephant, as in the Emperor who is greater than the King of the jungle, the Lion), throughout the English-speaking parts of the region it is common to substitute “God knows” with “Selassie I know.” Iconic images of His Imperial Majesty can be found virtually anywhere.

nation-leader-who-attended-the-coronation-of-him-hih-nov-2-1930ad

short list of the foreign delegation & dignitiaries in attendance of the Coronation – Nov. 2, 1930.

crowns of HIM-n-HER

Adjectives abound when discussing the long-reigning monarch; his political legacy is complex. But even his detractors tend to credit him with, for better or worse, ushering Ethiopia into the 20th century.

http://www.largeup.com/2010/11/02/coronation-day-80-years-of-haile-selasse-i/


in-his-image_saint-paco

 

RSS# 2 (נֹחַ / የኖኅ)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

Greetings, yet again to one and all, from “Lidj Yefdi” (pronounced Lij; Yêf-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.  So, with this Hebrew Shabbat(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Nōăcḥ – ( [נוֹחַ [נֹחַ.on the 3rd – ג, & the 4th – ד, of the month ofmonth of Cḥeshw(v)an – חֶשְׁוָן, [this Hebraic month is also known as;Mar’Cḥeshw(v)an – מַרְחֶשְׁוָן]‎, in the year of 5779. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2011/7511; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known, also as; YeNōḥ – የኖኅ.  This would calculate as the 2nd – ፪, & the 3rd – ፫, of the month of T’Qĭmt – ጥቅምት.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez – (ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 6:9 – 11:32

Isaiah 54:1- 55:5

Matthew 24: 36-46

Hebrews 11:7

I Peter 3: 18-22

**SHABBAT ROSH CḤODESH (CḤESHW[v]AN/Mar-CḤESHW[v[AN)***

rosh chodesh cheshwan-chehsvan (marcheshwan-marcheshvan)

As we enter into our second portion of the study of the Scriptures, we give thanks to Abba-Father, for his grace and seek continuously his knowledge & wisdom, earnestly.

This portion of study comprises the story of Noah and his three(3) sons, also the Tower of Babel.  Three very intricate stories, that have told & re-told from various perspectives.  But, in this compilation we focus on the ancient Hebraic, Ethiopic-Christian and the modern Ras Tafarian perspectives; mainly to stay on topic and bring forward a balanced viewpoint unbiased to the truth of these elaborate mythos.

noach - parsha [epic-of-gilgamesh-flood-myth]

In continuation of the Torah studies, on this Sabbath the times of Noah, are the focus.  The study portions deal mostly with the Great Flood, (which has a significant resemblance of the Epic of Gilgamesh mythos).

 

noach - parsha [great flood and the Ark]

This portion also deals with the building of Noah’s Ark, which God had commanded him to build for the coming of the Great Flood.  Mainly for the iniquity of the world.  The world before the flood had become extremely corrupted  and vain, so God had planned to “wash” the world in a sense, of its corrupted mentality.

"The Animals Enter the Ark" _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 painting by James Tissot

The Animals Enter the Ark” _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 painting by James Tissot

Huge Ark(Boat) found in Egypt on the Giza plateau _ Biblical Noah's Ark

Huge Ark(Boat) found in Egypt on the Giza plateau _ Biblical Noah’s Ark

After the Flood, Noah made an offering to God.  God at this point, vowed that

“the Earth would not again be cursed to the ground any more for man’s sake.  The imagination of man’s heart evil [vain] from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

[Gen. 8: 20-21]

Noah Descending from Mount Ararat _ painting by Ivan Aivazovsky [ca. 1889]

Noah Descending from Mount Ararat _ painting by Ivan Aivazovsky [ca. 1889]

noach - parasha [Urartu-MountAraratMap]

The studies also bring us to the truths and lies of the alleged “Curse of Ham.”

Noah Cursing Canaan _ illustration by Gustave Dore' from the 1865 la Sainte Bible

 

Supposedly in the interpretations of the story of Noah’s sons; the three men were of three different races.  Truthfully speaking we here at RRR, could not consent to this external Biblical interpretations of most of these commentators.

 

noach - parsha [shem ham yapheth]

Our reasoning can be found in the confirmation of the sciences that give a more profound elaboration of these ancient texts.  For example, in regards to the “RACE” question of the three sons of Noah; we clearly recognize that proven by science congruent to the Scriptures, there is only ONE race (human).

– http://www.livescience.com/47627-race-is-not-a-science-concept.html (RACE IS NOT A SCIENCE CONCEPT)

– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_racism (SCIENTIFIC RACISM)

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/busting-myths-about-human-nature/201204/race-is-real-not-in-the-way-many-people-think (RACE IS REAL BUT NOT IN THE WAY MANY PEOPLE THINK)

Which Is The Truth?...How about you tell us? _ Genesis 9: 25

Which Is The Truth?…How about you tell us? _

[Genesis 9: 25]

"Building the Tower of Babel" _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

“Building the Tower of Babel” _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

The Sabbath readings also conclude with the story of the Tower of Babel.  Another story from the Scriptures that has been diluted with its dissemination.

the Tower of Babel

study notes:

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/parashah.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noach_%28parsha%29

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3155/jewish/Noach-in-a-Nutshell.htm

http://www.chabad.org/media/pdf/242/HuVB2427470.pdf

♔ HIM✤QHS ♔

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the Ethiopian commemoration of what is known in Ras Tafarian circles as the “EarthStrong” or Birth date of Ras Tafari, H.I.M.self.  Prophecies were fulfilled, constellations were aligned, what more can we here at Ras Tafari Renaissance say about the birth date, of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie (born July 23, 1892;  Täfäri Makʷennin welde-Mikáèl [ተፈሪ መኳንን ወልደሚካኤል]).

ejersa goro

In Ejersa Goro,  he was born to Ras Makʷennin & Yashimabet Ali, just outside of Harar; even in a Christ-like manner in rural Harar, of the late 1800s. The youngest of ten children,  Täfäri was the only surviving and legitimate son of Ras Makonnen, the governor of Harar, which allowed him to become involved in the political field (if you please…?), as far as, the Kingdoms of Ethiopia stood. 

Woyzero Yashimebet Ali (mother of Haile Sellassie photograph)

** SPECIAL READINGS **

Rev. 12:5

II Sam. 7:16

Rev: 12:13

Ps. 122

I Cor. 15:24

Lidj Teferi with his father Ras Makennin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_aristocratic_and_court_titles

http://www.ethiopiancrown.org/Imperial-Traditional-Ranks-n-Titles

tmwm

The coming forth of Haile Sellassie I, to the earthly plane was an emphatic occurrence that its still celebrated to this day in age, especially by Ras Tafarians worldwide.  Mainly because of its prophetic institution, and Biblical reverence within historical events.  These succeeding events that took place, worldwide but especially in Ethiopia, brought about the recognition of the importance of the Scriptures, in real time.

hamle 16

May Day – Independence Day – 05.05.1941 (Imperial Ethiopia)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

 

Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the on the Imperial Ethiopian Independence day commemoration.  Imperial Ethiopia, should be the parallel path that any Ras Tafarian should look to walk(trod).  His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie I and Her Imperial Majesty Menen Asfaw, showed the poise of ice cubes, while their country was yet, cleverly planned on being relieved of his(Haile Sellassie I’s) guidance, by unnatural powers.  But, by the impeccable strategy, honesty, courage, & just cause-and-effect action….Ethiopia, has remained an Unconquerable Land to the colonist regime, to this date.  So, here on 5th of May, Imperial Ethiopian celebrates its Independence as a memorial, and triumph over the Fascist, & colonial ex-ruling powers.

Haile Sellassie I, raising the bandera(flag of Ethiopia, commemorating Ethiopia's celebrations of continuing their millennial length Independance.

Haile Sellassie I, raising the bandera(flag of Ethiopia, commemorating Ethiopia’s celebrations of continuing their millennial length Independance.

On 5 May 1941, exactly five years after Addis Ababa fell to Mussolini‘s troops, Emperor Haile Selassie was re-installed on the Ethiopian throne. He reentered the city through streets lined with black and white soldiers, having fought his way back against a determined Italian army with Major Orde Wingate’s Gideon Force and his own Ethiopian ‘Patriots”.

http://africanhistory.about.com/b/2013/05/05/ethiopia-regains-its-independence-5-may-1941.htm

selassie-league-of-nations

Haile Sellassie I, had made an impassioned appeal to the League of Nations on 30 June 1936, which gained great support with the United States and Russia. However, many other League of Nations members, especially Britain and France, continued to recognize the Italian occupation/possession of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Patriots

– photo provided and edited by Adam Simeon.

In 1935 Italian soldiers commanded by Marshal Emilio De Bono invaded Ethiopia in what is known as the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. The war lasted seven months before an Italian victory was declared. The invasion was condemned by the League of Nations, though not much was done to end the hostility.

ethiopian patriots during italian invasion

During the conflict, Italy used mustard gas, ignoring the Geneva Protocol that it had signed seven years earlier. The Italian military dropped mustard gas in bombs, sprayed it from airplanes, and spread it in powdered form on the ground. 150,000 chemical casualties were reported, mostly from mustard gas. In the aftermath of the war Italy annexed Ethiopia, uniting it with Italy’s other colonies in eastern Africa to form the new colony of Italian East Africa, and Vittorio Emmanuel III adopted the title “Emperor of Abyssinia.”

ethiopian warriors3

On 10 June 1940, Italy declared war on the United Kingdom and France, as France was in the process of being conquered by Germany at the time and Benito Mussolini wished to expand Italy’s colonial holdings. An Italian invasion of British Somaliland, in August 1940 was successful, but the war turned against Italy afterward. Haile Sellassie I returned to Ethiopia from England to help rally the resistance. The British began their own invasion in January 1941, and the last organized Italian resistance in Italian East Africa surrendered in November 1941. The British restored Ethiopia’s independence.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_Empire

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Haile Selassie Enters Addis Ababa (1941)