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♔ 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.

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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

 

♔ 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

 

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

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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.”

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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)

♔ 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.

November 2nd, 1930

November 2nd, 1930

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

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

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

Coronation image _ painting by Afework Tekle

Coronation image _ painting by Afework Tekle

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

 

♔ HIM✤QHS ♔

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

I welcome you yet another post here on Ras Tafari Renaissance as of course today stands as monumental in the community of Ras Tafari, historical in the land of Ethiopia, and the continent of Africa; celestial in the sense of astrology; and so many other things we could bring up for the significance of this posting.

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. 

Makonnen Wolde Mikael; governor of Harar of the Solomonic Dynasty

Ras Makonnen, a member of the Solomonic Dynasty, son of Fitwari Wolde-Mikael Gudisa of Shewa (or Shoa& the grandson of Negus Sahle Selassie of Shewa (or Shoa).  Makonnen married and bear his children with Yashimabet Ali.

Woyzero Yashimebet Ali (mother of Tafari Makonneon Wolde Michael; Haile Sellassie photograph)

The Solomonic dynasty, also known as the “House of Solomon,” is the former ruling Imperial House of the Ethiopian Empire. Its members claim patrilineal descent from King Solomon of Israel (King of David) and the Queen of Sheba from antiquity (otherwise known of by names like “Bilquis,” “the queen of the south,”) but truly known as Eitye Azeb.  Tradition asserts that the Queen gave birth to Menelik I, after her biblically described visit to Solomon in Jerusalem.

.** SPECIAL READINGS **

Rev. 12:5

II Sam. 7:16

Rev: 12:13

Ps. 125

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

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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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Patriot’s Victory Day (Shared Between Ethiopia & Mexico)

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

I welcome you all to a yet another posting here Ras Tafari Renaissance on what should be known hence as the “Patriot’s Victory Day.”  In Ethiopia, Patriots’ Victory Day is an Ethiopian public holiday that marks the end of the Italian occupation which was the prelude to World War II (WWII).  It commemorates those who died during the occupation and honors the veterans of the resistance movement.  This holiday is celebrated on May 5th annually, as to commemorate the original dates.  Ethiopia, was the only African country to retain its sovereignty & not become a colony. However, its independence was interrupted by the Second Italo-Ethiopian war and invasion of Italian Fascist regime that started in October, 1935.  The war resulted in the military occupation of the country.

Italian troops entered Addis Ababa on the 5th of May 1936, then hoisted the Italian tricolor bandera (flag) in front of the Italian legation.  Thus, the occupation of Ethiopia began.  At the early stages of WWII, the British forces helped patriot Ethiopian fighters liberate the country.  Some French, Soviet, a few numbered among the Swedish were accounted for in the assistance during that period of time; but, probably of the most overlooked contributions to the WWII African Victory were the advances made by the Afro American & Afro Caribbean communities.

Nicknamed the “Brown CondorJohn Charles Robinson; became a pilot in America & during the time Second World War made his services available for the King of Kings of Ethiopia. Robinson not only known for being a teacher/trainer of many of the Tuskegee Airmen but, helped to start the training and education process of the first pilots for the now well-renowned Ethiopian Airlines, established by Haile Selassie I.  ; (one of the original logos in background)

Emperor Haile Sellassie made his entrance into Addis Ababa on May 5, 1941. He had deliberately chosen the date because the capital had fallen exactly five years earlier. Patriots’ Victory Day was declared to commemorate the end of the occupation.

On the occasion of Patriots’ Victory Day, solemn wreath-laying ceremonies are held at war memorials and monuments throughout the country. The main ceremony takes place in the capital of Addis Ababa, it is attended by government officials, military leaders and diplomats as well as representatives of patriot associations and city residents.

wreaths being laid upon John C. “Brown Condor” Robinson’s gravesite in Ethiopia.

Benito Mussolini had been eyeing Ethiopia (also known from Italian coinage as “Abyssinia”) as an economic colony to be added to Italian Somaliland, in East Africa, since the 1920s. He hoped to resettle 10 million Italians in a unified East Africa.

Britain and France, both fearing that a general war would be harmful to their collective security, proposed secret negotiations with Italy, wherein Italy would be offered territory in Ethiopia’s northeast; in exchange, Mussolini would end his aggression. Ethiopia would only be told of this negotiation after the fact; should Selassie reject the terms, France and Britain were off the hook, having made a “good faith” effort at peace. They could then oppose further sanctions against Italy, even propose that the ones in place be removed, thereby sparing themselves a confrontation with Mussolini. But the plans for the secret negotiation were leaked to the press, and both Britain and France were humiliated publicly for selling out a weaker League (i.e. League of Nations later become United Nations) partner.

HerbertBlack EagleJulian ; Trinidadian-American, whom also contributed to the startup of the training of Ethiopian Air Forces, also serving in the Ethiopian Imperial armed forces in WWII.

Today, also marks the Mexican celebration and commemoration of what is known as Cinco de Mayo.  This day for those of Mexican heritage that is celebrated for the victory of the Mexican Army over French forces on May 5th, 1862.

the Battle of Pueblo (1862) on the 5th of May, Mexican forces earned a victory over the French occupation under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico having its variations in the sense of how it is memorialized.  Cinco de Mayo, is also most times confused with the Independence Day of Mexico but, in actuality its symbolizes more of the maintenance of Independence in defense of one’s country.  Mexico had already been liberated since September 18, 1810.  Now, one may ask why are these two countries mentioned here…? But, there significance in relation is closer than ones might think.  For starters, the African presence is a hidden one but once discovered its undeniably attached to African just as much as the African presence in North America.

Gaspar Yanga led a successful slave revolt in Mexico circa 1570; after his escape somewhere around 1545-1570. He is hailed as the “1st liberator in the Americas,” & is enshrined in Veracruz, Mexico.

Ones tend to forget the African presence in such places as Mexico seeing as how it has been suppressed from the view of many in the known world.  San Lorenzo de Los Negros was officially recognized by Spanish authorities as a free black settlement.  It would later be referred to as Yanga (or Nyanga), named after its founder.

His Majesty Haile Selassie I also made a diplomatic visit to Mexico in where there was not only gifts exchanged but, a since of culture, language, historic relevance as well as comradely among the Mexican and Ethiopic heritages.  Ethiopia holding its significant place in antiquity being known by most high lettered scholars as the genesis of what would become the Nubian & Dynastic Ancient Egyptian empires showed its flashes of greatness from pre-historic times with ties deeply rooted in the Meso-American peninsula.  Ethiopian diplomats along with Selassie were taken on tours around Mexico to the step-pyramids, the holding places of the Olmecan relics and much much more.  This all showing and providing the instances that Mexico, as a entire country would be the only country in all the world that supported the defense of Ethiopia from Fascist Italy during the time of WWII.

A gift of pre-historic insurmountable value given by the officials of the Mexican government to the King of Kings Haile Selassie I & Ethiopia as a whole; an Olmec relic.

At the League of Nations, Mexico was one of only five member-states to condemn the Italian invasion and occupation of Ethiopia.  A few years after World War II, diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Mexico were established in 1949. In 1954, Emperor Haile Selassie became the first ever African head of state to pay an official visit to Mexico.

Mexico was opposed to all the points within the proposition, and withdrew/removed itself from the reunion.

A plaque in the honor of Haile Selassie was erected in Mexico that still stands to-date the visit of Ethiopia. Ras Tafari of Mexican decent, and many others visit to recollect the solidarity between the two countries until this day. [Plaza de Ethiopia was intern also given reciprocation with a naming of a street in Ethiopia in the Old City in a section of Addis Ababa as Mexico Square.]

June 19, 1954 The Emperor Haile Selassie I made his visit to Mexico and was interviewed by Mexican leader Lazaro Cardenas.  Ethiopia does not forget that Mexico denied recognition of the acts commited by the Italian forces, and that it raised the voice in defense of the reason, of truth, of justice and of right, we employ the word “Brothers” with the most upright exactitude when reffering to Mexico and to all Mexicans.”

The commemoration of Mexico’s assistance to Ethiopia during its occupation by Italy; Ethiopia named a center square in Addis Ababa “Mexico Square”.  In 2010, the Mexican government donated a replica of an Olmec colossal head to Ethiopia where it was placed in Mexico Square. On the 22nd of June, 1954, a traffic circle in Mexico City was named “Plaza Etiopía”, under which in August 1980, a metro station in Mexico City was built and named Metro Etiopía.

In 2014, two-way trade between Ethiopia and Mexico amounted to $5.9 million USD. Mexico’s main exports to Ethiopia include: landing gears, knives and electronic equipment. Ethiopia’s main exports to Mexico include: sesame seeds and industrial equipment to make shoes. Between 1999 – 2011 Ethiopian direct investments in Mexico amounted to $2.5 million USD. Ethiopia is Mexico’s 141st biggest trading partner globally.

Now, another hidden historical fact of the significance of Mexico, America, Haiti & Ethiopia is one yet to be publicized in mass for people to give honor to.  This is the story of William Henry Ellisthe Moor/Moore” [also translated to the Spanish Guillaume Enriques Ellesio].

(1st Afro-American Emissary to Ethiopia) ca.1903

William H. Ellis

William H. Ellis, whose name also was, Guillaume Enriques Ellesio (Guillermo Enrique Eliseo), nicknamed The Moor/Moore/Mor is reportedly and supposedly to be a Haitian-Cuban-Mexican-African American businessman. He is known for being one of the first to attempt to develop links between African-Americans and Ethiopia in the late nineteenth century.

Ellis was born in Texas in 1864. He worked as a cowboy in Texas and Mexico before entering the University in Tennessee. He entered the business world as a wool and leather dealer in San Antonio in 1886.

In 1889, Ellis announced America’s ambition to “colonize” Mexico with but in the wave of that episode of history took many black Americans,  many seeking liberty in the after math of the American Civil War also the Emancipation Proclamation, founded a colony that was more like a commonwealth/communtiy near Mapimí or Tlahualilo, in the Durango, Mexican state (respectively) in 1894-95, aside from the attempted colonization of Mexico at that time; but, in time, that ambition fell short of completion. Ellis, then moved to New York in 1897 where he became Agent Exchange on Wall Street.

Documentary series that highlights the African ancestry among Latin American countries of today.

In 1903, W.H. Ellis arrives in Addis Ababa accompanied by Benito Sylvain who was from Haiti, with a double objective: provide refuge in Ethiopia for African-Americans, and there develop business and development plans. Ellis knows he can find opportunities in Ethiopia. As a wool and leather salesman, he speculated that Ethiopia sell almost a large amount of its production to the United States.

Mexico’s older borders approx. 1819-1835 also within the past Imperio Mexicano [Empire of Mexico]

Menelik II, who knows his companion Benito Sylvain, receives Ellis. A prominent physician from the West Indies; Haiti to be specific, & Dr. Joseph Vitalien, also journeyed to Ethiopia and eventually became the Emperor’s trusted physician.  Although Ellis parte before its commissioner, Skinner arrives in December 1903, he played a key role in the negotiations, returning in 1904 with a signed agreement. Menelik II granted land concessions Ellis for growing cotton. But the dream of Ellis was not realized. In 1906, the Emperor suffers a hemorrhage and becomes disabled; he died in 1913.

Bénito Sylvain was born in 1868 in Port-de-Paix (Republic of Haiti) and declared himself the representative of the Africans and Afro-descendants colonized by France. One can therefore consider it as one of the pioneers of pan-Africanism.
In 1887, Bénito Sylvain finished his studies in Paris at the Collège Stanislas and then at the Faculty of Law where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and then his doctorate. He was also known to be Emperor Menelik II’s along with his family’s personal physician.

In one of his communications, Ellis relates a conversation with Emperor Menelik II on US President Abraham Lincoln and his struggle to keep the country united and, in the process also open the way for the legal manumission of slaves.  “Tears came to his eyes,” says Ellis, as Emperor Menelik II heard of “the liberation of slaves…” in America, and he exclaimed, “What a great man!” More importantly, a theme that was to become the basis for relations of amity, trust and mutual respect between the United States and Ethiopia were the slogans, “America for Americans,” “Europe for Europeans,” and “Africa for Africans.”  The Emperor loudly acclaimed the last refrain, Africa For Africans, telling Ellis to repeat that for him. Ellis says that he successfully conveyed the idea that whereas “other nations (Europeans) came to Africa to take the land, America was alone without land in Africa and wanted none. She only wanted liberty and trade.”

Emperor Menelik II

It is not known if Emperor Menelik II and Ellis talked about Liberia, which was a sort of stepchild of America; also with such inner workings had the cryptic appearances of a colonial attempt especially since the ACS or American Colonization Society was at the helm of the proposed repatriation of African slaves back to their land of ancestry.  Even mores, seeing as many of the seemingly first elected officials were of mixed decent even with the initial first elected president of Liberia having a heavily mixed heritage with possible allegiances that may or may not have gone unspoken of.  At any rate, the belief that the United States did not wish to conquer or colonize Africa remained a guiding policy premise of successive Ethiopian rulers for the next three quarters of a century.  It was, as we shall see anon, reaffirmed and even sanctified by Emperor Haile Sellassie I, for over fifty years right down to the end of his era in 1974.

links ;

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ethiopian-emperor-haile-selassie-returns-to-his-capital

http://www.mediaethiopia.com/Views/NegussayAyele_on_EthiopiaAmerica.htm

The Line of Liberty: Fugitive slaves and Peons on the Texas-Mexico borderlines by James David Nichols.

https://southernspaces.org/2016/confederates-mexico-lost-cause-or-new-south-vanguard

http://wemezekir.blogspot.de/2014_01_01_archive.html

http://newafricanmagazine.com/africas-lost-tribe-in-mexico/

http://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/African-Americans-in-Texas-2016.pdf

http://estrellanegra.mex.tl/518097_Visita-de-HIM-a-Mexico.html

http://sre.gob.mx/images/stories/docnormateca/manexte/embajadas/moemetiopia12.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vbt14kkrv8

https://addisfortune.net/columns/how-ethio-mexico-diplomacy-lost-its-icons-carelessly/

http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/from-ancient-ethiopia-to-the-olmecs-in-mexico-video-story/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qASai4pvRPA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia–Mexico_relations

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)?” part 5

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

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I welcome you again, to Ras Tafari Renaissance for yet another installment, of the Ras Tafari and Freemasonry explanations.  I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee) thank all of you, who have supported the works here & your attention and feedback is certainly appreciated.

Welcome

                                                                                                       

Going forward with the fifth portion of this subject, we continue in coming to an understanding that Ras Tafari may seemingly, have its small inklings of a relationship, or so to speak with modern Freemasonry; but, there are clearly distinctions which position each, at opposite poles.  We will examine these aspects in building on the previous posts.

 So, in the fourth edition of understanding the complexity of the supposed close proximity in ideology between: Ras Tafari and Freemasonry, we now have even more firm grounds to either confirm or deny this conception.

Even with the obvious, difference between Speculative and Operative masonry; also, the lines drawn between “mainstream” and Prince Hall Freemasonry; Ras Tafari Renaissance is ready & willing to present each and every one of you with more factual information, as well as evidence that Freemasonry has no place in Ras Tafari.

Though, Ras Tafari Renaissance makes this statement with no apology, unwavering; it is known that challenges will arise because of things like this that ignite argument and confusion: …..

H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England

H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England ; [pic1]

One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda...

One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda…  ; [pic2]

Equating H.I.M.'s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic)

Equating H.I.M.‘s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic or simply unoriginal)  ; [pic3]

Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations

Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations  ; [pic4]

Ras Tafari Renaissance, would show you more of the images, which have been misinterpreted, misunderstood, & used as propaganda to plant the seeds of deception about the King of Kings of Ethiopia, but, we would rather deal with the slander, out right lies, and elementary; “isms” and “schisms” of the untaught & wicked minds of this type of counterintelligence, with what has been found as evidence to present others to seek & find, for themselves.

Ras Tafari Renaissance will further present a case on the “speculative” propagating suspicion of the last Emperor of Imperial Ethiopia, Haile Sellassie I’s possible involvement in any Freemasonic order or Lodge.  But, let us examine this further, shall we?….

Now, the first image (from the above images of the Emperor of Ethiopia) shows Haile Sellassie I, in the decorative apparel of what is known as Order of The Garter.  Now, the aforementioned, noble order has been mistakenly taken for as having a connection to Freemasonic origin.  Unfortunately, for those who hold to this claim, come up short whereas; there stands no “Order Of The Garter,” in any Freemasonic organizational degree, or any other solid information that presents such.  (from what has been gathered about the orders of Freemasonry; there was a listing placed in the 3rd installment of this series)

Now, for further confirmation of the dissidence of the Order Of The Garter having no ties to Freemasonry directly; for starters the orders that came to become the orders of Freemasonry, weren’t the only orders of chivalry from medieval times for one thing.

The order was founded by Edward III, in 1348 , its patron saint is Saint George and it is the highest order of chivalry/most senior, that exists in England. (Its was also founded in a Christian kingdom)  

order of the garter symbol

Now, it should be noticed that Æthiopia, is also a Christian kingdom, in which the patron saint also is Saint George.  But, let us examine how and possibly why Haile Sellassie I, could’ve found himself being apart of this order.  Well, for one thing the Order Of The Garter made selections (post- creation), from those chosen personally by the British monarch, at the given time, to active public officers who contributed significantly, in a particular way, to national life or who had conducted or were conducting service, in favor of the Sovereign(England).  To make it plain, Haile Sellassie I was well-respected to a  certain extent among the British.(later Britannia, showed a dissidence between time periods, especially toward the Imperial Ethiopian monarchy)

To the second image, where Emperor Haile Sellassie I, is taking a picture with his signature hand gesture and an awful, unproven accusation of , (which many Ras Tafari have interpreted as the “sign of the Trinity“; others have given interpretations of H.I.M.’s usage of this symbolic gesture as the Hand-sign of Practicus; which would give credit to Hermeticism, Occultism, or Mysticism. (ie. the Golden Dawn, Freemasonry, etc.)  But, it can be said, for the record, that the exact meaning of the hand gesture that H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I, seen forming, in many images, is still a topic of discussion.  One thing for certain is that, it more than likely, can be put forth as a working hypothesis; that this hand gesture was only known in fullness, by Haile Sellassie I, himself.  Though continuous study, research, and theoretical presentation raise thought provoking questions and quests seeking sufficiency in bringing some sort of answers to a matter, such as this.

One thing Ras Tafari Renaissance, has found quite peculiar is the connection between many researchers bringing the hand gesture Haile Sellassie I, into a mystic, esoteric, or occult category.  One comparison that may of you are sure to find is that this symbol has been brought up, in the same breathe as that of the Kaballah, from the mystic extent of Judaism.

example of Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah "Tree of Life" (diagram)

example of;) Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah “Tree of Life” (diagram)

The word Kaballahקַבָּלָה , in Hebrew comes to an English meaning of “receiving/tradition.”  Now, there should be some obvious questions as to why this is being mentioned here but, here’s where things begin to open new doors to understanding.  Because, in the language of Amharic, there’s a word with similar meaning and phonetics(sound); the word Qebeleቀበለ, has the meaning of “receiving,” also brought to the English language, also.

Q'ebele

(RRR-; cites LOJ Society Inc., for presenting such eloquent & well-documented studies on the relationship of the of the Jewish Kaballah, having roots in an Ethiopic interpretation) (RRR-, would also like to commend A.A. Rashid, for his impeccable research into the mysticism of the Kaballah)

Q'ebele-to recieve

Ras Tafari Renaissance, again presents the case that with the Amharic language being the mother tongue of Emperor Haile Sellassie I, and the obvious connection, Linguistically between Hebrew-Amharic words for “receive”; in the words: Qebele(Amharic) & Kaballah(Hebrew), should it be such a surprise that Haile Sellassie I, would have a very in-depth wisdom in what is known as mysticism of today?  (*challenge for researchers)

qebele-kaballah

…elaboration on pics-, three(3) and four(4), along with part 6, to come…