So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)” part 4

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


So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

Now, we have come to the fourth installment of this sure to be controversial series.

In the third installment of this series we traced the theories of the origins of Freemasonry through the Knights Templar, along with influence of the Crusades.  The so-called “discovery of the New World,” and the happenings in Europe and also the rest of the world  Now, we will continue on in drawing the lines between Freemasonry & Ras Tafari.


So, if you haven’t heard,…there has lately been comparisons, and speculations of Ras Tafari having a “Freemasonic influence.”  These inquiries have even brought about the questioning and accusations of Ras Tafari, “H.I.M.self” being a member of the Freemasons, along with those who have involved themselves in the movement which sprung out to become the most dynamic of this time.( Ras Tafari movement)

Now, the controversy on this issue runs deep,….mainly because at Ras Tafari’s roots, its initiators were at one time apart of masonic lodges, but not in the sense of today’s mainstream Freemasonry.(we’ll touch on this later in the presentation.)  Accreditation due to what Ras Tafari knows, as the “GONG,” or Leonard Percival Howell is known as “the first Rasta.” 

Leonard P. Howell (Ras Tafari's first proclaimer)
Leonard P. Howell (Ras Tafari’s first proclaimer)

Howell made clean & clear statements of the salvation of the descendants of African slaves in the Western Hemisphere was a life of their redemption only if they returned to the roots spiritually, mentally and ultimately physically to their origin.  Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert, Archibald Dunkley, and Robert Hinds, were three individuals who had ties into Freemasonic Lodges, that were “Prince Hall” affiliated but, in lieu of, their individual epiphanies they seem to even find themselves in search of a new truth, or so to speak even from the confines of Freemasonic thought.

(pictured above-top) Ethiopian painting of the Trinity & (on bottom) Ras Tafari painting that could clearly represent the initiative movement of Ras Tafari's founding.
(pictured above-top) Ethiopian painting of the Trinity & (on bottom) Ras Tafari painting that could clearly represent the initiative movement of Ras Tafari’s founding.

Quite an interesting, piece of evidence to this very intricate story, huh?…I know, but let’s not get caught up on what we’re hearing because, they’re pieces of the story that we’ve yet to uncover & we’re not near our conclusion of this controversial plot.  So, let us go on…shall we? ok

Now, there were more very prominent members of the Ras Tafari community in its beginning steps that were affiliated with what is known as Freemasonry, but like I said, earlier let’s really look at all the evidence of this situation before we pass judgement.

The first thing we will take a look at is another form of masonry. (which I’am almost certain that you’ve probably never heard of…) We came to the conclusion in earlier installments of this subject matter that Operative Masonry(Occupational Masonry) and Speculative Masonry(Freemasonry) were NOT, one is the same.  Now, we will compare what is known as “mainstream” Freemasonry and Prince Hall Masonry.  I know these are terms you may or may not have heard about but, doing some research on these will open your eyes to what we are presenting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance in this series comparing Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.


Prince Hall, (ca. 1735 – 1807), a mason who started Freemasonry's AFRICAN LODGE #1 in the United States of America.  Has been dubbed the "father African Freemasonry"
Prince Hall, (ca. 1735 – 1807), a mason who started Freemasonry’s AFRICAN LODGE #1 in the United States of America. Has been dubbed the “father of African Freemasonry

Who was Prince Hall?…. Prince Hall, was known for his abolitionism in the 1700s.  Supposedly a free black man in North America that lived in the New England area, and later became the founder of a Freemasonic sect that hails his namesake.  Hall’s birthplace is attributed to a place in the Caribbean; either Barbados, or one of the surrounding islands.  But, Hall is suspected to have at one point been a slave to a William Hall but gained his freedom, somewhere around the time of the Boston Massacre.  For others reasons than the obvious, he clearly also gained the knowledge of reading and writing English, whether being self-taught or assisted.  Hall supported and tried to push the envelope of the free black and enslaved, to have a place in education, military, and also later Freemasonry in the U.S.

another depiction of Prince Hall
another depiction of Prince Hall

Now, I won’t give you anymore information on Prince Hall as of now…I’ll leave the rest of his work up to your own individual research and understanding.

For now, I would like to continue with the series and show, why he helped to establish his sect Freemasonry in the United States & how “mainstream” Freemasonry differs. (even from there own testimony)

Many Freemasonic writers met Prince Hall and his establishment of African Lodge #1 (ie. Prince Hall Freemasonry) with resistance from within Freemasonic ranks.

Now, in the earlier posts of this series, I mentioned how Freemasonic texts can be very discreet in their language; mainly because of their affinity for keeping the inner workings of the organizations at bey from those who are not affiliated in their circles.  But, I noticed something that continued to keep coming up in regards to Prince Hall Freemasonry when compared to “mainstream” Freemasonry by Freemasonic writers, themselves….? What was so noticeable was this word CLANDESTINE….this word Clandestine comes up so much when in regard to Prince Hall Freemasonry it compelled me to go in further on what was such the commotion.

-clandestine= kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an improper purpose; surreptitious; irregular; stealth. (from clandestin Latin 1560s) “to hide” or “secret.”

It turns out that Prince Hall Freemasonry or otherwise known as Negro Masonry, has been dubbed CLANDESTINE, since the inception of Prince Hall and his affiliates organizing and forming the AFRICAN LODGE; and this notion hasn’t been overturned since.  The questioning of Masonic “legitimacy” is and has been under scrutiny for the Prince Hall Masons.  Until this day in 2013, the stamp of CLANDESTINE-NEGRO/PRINCE HALL MASONRY has not been uplifted or challenged by any other Lodge of Masonry, save the works of Prince Hall, himself, and other Prince Hall Freemasons. hmmm?? peculiar


[sources: Mackey, Albert G.; 33°; Masonry Defined/ Blight, Reynold; 33°; Freemasonry At A Glance  ]

Peculiar, I say, because in the beginning stages of the Ras Tafarian movement in the 1930s there were many who were affiliated with Prince Hall Freemasonry.

Take the Ras Tafarian movement’s founders; Leonard P. Howell, Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert &, H. Archibald Dunkley , who are accredited for the formation of the grassroots organizing of the Ras Tafarian movement.

In the literary work of Dread Jesus: A New View of the Ras Tafarian Movement by William David Spencer, I(Lidj Yefdi), along with probably a number of other Ras Tafarians have our own grounds to stand on in disagreements with some of the information presented in this work, but in its essence of giving the initial recognition of Ras Tafari’s start-up in the shantytowns of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, it is a pretty good work.

here is a selection from the piece by Spencer, which I only have one gripe with but in displaying the connection of the founders Ras Tafari in Jamaica to their Freemasonic affiliation; it is right on cue! (Ras Tafari Renaissance will add our own evidence on disputable matters)

“Spencer insists on the role played on the foundation of Ras Tafari religion by three preachers: Leonard Howell, H. Archibald Dunkley, and Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert. As far as, Dunkley and Hibbert are concerned, he insists on their membership in the Great Ancient Brotherhood of Silence, or Ancient Mystic Order of Ethiopia, one of the “black” (or “Prince Hall“) Masonic organizations. Spencer claims that a number of features of Ras Tafari religion derive from this branch of Freemasonry (including the name “Jah” for “God”, coming from the Masonic form “Jah-Bul-On”)

Now, Spencer presents a very credible case for the affiliation of three of the known founding fathers of Ras Tafari to Prince Hall Freemasonry in the Ancient Mystic Order of Ethiopia.  But, as far as, the word “JAH” coming from out of the midst of “Jah-bul-On”, I will have to bring about a objection to that statement.  Why? Mainly because, it is known that the Ras Tafarians are Biblical & scriptural influenced people & no where in any Bible can you find “Jah-bul-On” in scripture.  Maybe, in the Freemasonic Lodges of the “mainstream” but, clean & cut, the word “JAH” can be found in the King James Version of the Bible in English, right there in Psalms 68:4 .

Ps. 68:4 =

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Also, to make another note, that Ras Tafari is not a religion, it is a faith and culture of a people. 

For Ras Tafari, sighting JAH, in the Bible in the language they were coerced to learn in subject to their oppression away from their origins(English); it was a subtle step in returning to their linguistic past in calling upon their God whose name also, in contraction inanglicized, could be known as Yah (יהּ‎) in the Hebrew.  From the Tetragrammaton= YHWH.



Now, to the “Jah-bul-On” its for certain if you asks most Ras Tafarians, what does Jah-Bul-On mean, they won’t be able to even give you the slightest explanation.  But, JAH is something they could elaborate on days at a time!  Only in the the Freemasonic circles, texts, and ideologies will Jah-Bul-On, have ground to stand on, surely; & even there it may only be known to the high ranking of Freemasons. (ie. Royal Arch Degree)


[sources: Duncan, Malcolm C.; Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor/ X, Francis; The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O.]

So, with all this said and cleared we now move on to the Ancient Mystic Order of Ethiopia.  Research from Ras Tafari Renaissance is still in the works on this order of supposed Prince Hall Freemasonry, but it is certain and we can confirm that this order has no holdings in “mainstream” Freemasonry.  So, by process of elimination we have come to a conclusion that is pending on the origin of this mystical order.  But, what we can assure of is that solid evidence in the world and of the testimony of those who make claims of it, state a hard case to debate, falsehood.

H.I.M. in regalia
H.I.M. in regalia

We’ll now introduce you all to a treat by one Ras Tafari’s own, whom we have looked to in our initial education and growth in Ras Tafari.  Presenting a well written article, along with others here you will be able to check out is our bredrin in spirit and truth, Negus Amlak.  This bredrin produced works with a showcase that was named in times past Ras Tafari Rising, which touched on many aspects of the movement of Ras Tafari, and other subjects the like.  But, here brother, Negus Amlak, has produced a writ that goes into the very essence of Freemasonry & gives the groundbreaking truth on its origin, its original teachers, and originial schools (Operative, meaningly!…)

[the article follows the editorial pattern of the title Masonry From Whence We Came] link below:


hope you enjoy & we will catch you in part 5…..JAH RAS TAFARI!!!

Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert (one of three of the initiators of the formation of Ras Tafari in Jamaica, in regalia resembling that of a priest)
Joseph Nathaniel Hibbert (one of three of the initiators of the formation of Ras Tafari in Jamaica, in articles of clothing resembling that of a priest)

32nd & 33rd Parsha Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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


I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-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) into the study of the Scriptures.

Now, with that said, let us go right into this…

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Behar-בְּהַר, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 23rd & 24th of the month of Iyar- אִייָר‎ . (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but,  from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as BeSina Terara-በሲና ተራራ, on the 25th & 26th day of ወርኀ(month)- ሚያዝያ(Meeyazya).  The Ethiopic calendar, which 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).


Leviticus 25:1- 26:2

Jeremiah 32:6-27

Luke 4:16-21


For Ras Tafari, globally, this Sabbath should hold a special place in their hearts and minds. The reasoning for this is because in a tri-fold state፡ 1) as Hebrews; they’ll come into the time of the day of rest for the Sabbath time, 2) this Sabbath brings with it the Ethiopian congruency to the Hebraic Passover in what is known as Fasika-ፋሲካ. (…which is more properly known as Tinsa’ey-ትንሣኤ), &, 3) this Ethiopian celebration of the Passion of the Christ, (in Fasika-Tinsa’ey) just so happens to come forth on the date that will be commemorated as ETHIOPIA’S INDEPENDANCE DAY, from Fascist and colonial invasion. (YES I’!!, MAY-DAY, INDEED!)

…more to be presented on this subject at the conclusion of the parsha study…

Now, to the portion of Scripture for this Sabbath…

Ethiopic-(Ge’ez/Amharic)= በሲና ተራራ (BeSina Terara)  KEY ⇀ ሲና=Sinai

Hebrew=  חר סיני  (Har-Siney/Si’na’i) KEY ⇁ סיני = Sinai

The Ten Commandments (illustration from a Bible card published Atop Mount Sinai_[1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company])

“Upon the Mountain,”…that mountain between Egypt and Israel. Atop, Mount Sinai, God spoke to Moses with instructions for the children of Israel when they were to come into the land that was promised to them. For example, upon entry into the Land of Promise, an order was to be put into practice for the tilling of the land/earth.

The land was to given rest on the seventh year, just as the Hebrews were to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day perpetually.(from generation-to-generation) This form of agriculture has come to us in the Hebrew word_ Shemittah-שמטה (Sabbitical year[Sabbath year] _is a credible translation).  In the year of rest, the farmers, who were of the children of Israel were not to till the land or harvest that of the work of their hands from the crops. The land was to be in a Sabbath year or resting year from plowing and working.  What grew on its own, the children of Israel could partake in, though. [Lev. 25: 1-7]

[Ancient] Egypt & Ethiopia; a mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture_ (on L-Hieroglyphic art of farming in Egypt & on R-a more modern Ethiopian farmer plowing crops.)
[Ancient] Egypt & Ethiopia; a mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture_ (on L-Hieroglyphic art of farming in Egypt & on R-a more modern Ethiopian farmer plowing crops.)

A year of Jubilee year was also to be proclaimed by the children of Israel.  Insomuch, as where seven sabbaths in a yearly sense multiplied to an additional seven years(i.e. 49 years) would usher in a year of the Jubilee(a 50th year) to the Hebrews. [Lev. 25: 8-13]


Amharic= (Eyo-bell-yu)ኢዮቤልዩ

Hebrew= (Yo-bell) יובל

Book of the Jubilees (from the Ethiopic "Little Genesis")_by George H. Schodde
Book of the Jubilees (from the Ethiopic “Little Genesis”)_by George H. Schodde

In the year of Jubilee, the trumpet should be sounded on the tenth day of the seventh month(Yom Kippur-Day of Atonement), throughout all the land. Also, in this year every man should be returned to his family. (i.e. debts should be forgiven among the people) [Lev. 25: 9, 10]


In the “upkeep,” of all the laws, statutes, and commandments that God told Moses to teach the children of Israel; it was assured to them(the Hebrews) that if they were to keep those laws from generation to generation, they would dwell in the land of promise, in safety, securely. [Lev. 25: 19]


–to keep up with an accurate number of the readings of the Torah for the yearly cycle

So, with the portion of Behar-BeKH’ukotai, we will know go into the study of BeKH’ukotai-בְּחֻקֹּתַי  , which will be added to this week’s Sabbath in the order of the Hebrew/Judaic cycle readings.  This study comes to us as BeSir’Autey-በሥርዓቴ, from the Ethiopic-Christian perspective.  The Hebrew and Amharic words for this study could be translated into phrases like: “In my order,” or “In my statutes/laws.”
Renewal of Israel
Renewal of Israel

Now, in this study portion of the Scriptures, the children of Israel were instructed by Moses, who was given the Law upon Mount Sinai.  The children of Israel were to keep the commandments, so prosperity would abide with them.  It was assured to the Hebrews that if they were to keep these laws and statutes, then they would yield abundance, peace, and security from God.

Of this covenant, upon Sinai, Israel should’ve received rain in due season, and land that would produce plentifully.  They would reap the benefits of a peaceful harmonious land and none would intimidate them from outside.  Wild beasts would be driven out of the land, along with those who could possibly threaten the tranquility of Israel in their land.  Enemies of Israel would flee, for they would not have the power to stand before Israel to quarrel with them, and if any persisted they would surely fall.  The Tabernacle would continue to reside within Israel & God vowed to be with them always, to love & to be their God. [Lev. 26: 1-13]

But, if Israel were not to keep the commandments then Judgment was of a surety.  For disobedience, Israel, would endure terror, consumption and constant illness.  They would be scattered among their adversaries.

curseofisrael - Copy

...they shall be scattered....[Lev. 26: 33]
…they shall be scattered….[Lev. 26: 33]
..not only to the west but the East as well...
..not only to the west but the East as well…
judgment23 (slavery in the caribbean)
The Caribbean Slave: A Biological History_Cambridge University Press
I will send terror, consumption, and a burning ague...[]Lev. 26: 16]
I will send terror, consumption, and a burning ague…[]Lev. 26: 16]

God would set his face against them & seven times more would they be punished for their iniquities.

For their iniquity JAH set his face against Israel_[Lev. 26:17]
For their iniquity JAH set his face against Israel_[Lev. 26:17]

Their pride would be broken and they would have no power to stand against their adversaries.  Their strength would be useless and they would be unfruitful in their endeavors.  Even, seven times more would plagues be upon them for their disobedience and beasts would be among them to devour them.

judgment15 (lyching and burning)

Civil Rights' Foot Soldiers
Civil Rights’ Foot Soldiers
Even beast shall devour them_[Lev. 26: 22]
Even beast shall devour them_[Lev. 26: 22]

If they walked contrary to the Law and to God, then God would surely walk contrary to them.  Their high places would be destroyed and their images would be torn down.


Sanctuaries would be desolate and they would be scattered from end-to-end upon the Earth. Their cities would become waste lands, those left alive would have a faint of heart, would pine at their disposition and the lands from whence they came would desolate.They would even flee when none pursued them. [Lev. 14-39]

Their(the Hebrews') cities and lands would be desolate and turned into wastelands_[Lev. 26: 31, 32]
Their(the Hebrews’) cities and lands would be desolate and turned into wastelands_[Lev. 26: 31, 32]

Only if the children of Israel were to confront their iniquities, and the iniquities of the foreparents which strayed away from God, then he would remember the covenant. [Lev. 26: 40-46]

In the conclusion of this study of this portion for the Sabbath, vows were put into the proper order as well, for the children of Israel.  The order for presentation to God, was aligned by the instruction which laid upon Mount Sinai. [Lev. 27]


I would also like everyone to note that with this Sabbath being apart of Behar, with Mount Sinai as part of the subject, let us remember the relics founds upon this mountain, which still happen to be hidden from the general public, who interpret & correctly put into place their significance.

St. Catherine Monastery_Mt. Sinai, Egypt
St. Catherine Monastery_Mt. Sinai, Egypt
"Has God(JAH Ras Tafari) visited Mount Sinai since the Wilderness?"
“Has God(JAH Ras Tafari) visited Mount Sinai since the Wilderness?”

out of egypt

Christ or "The Pantocrator" relic found at Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai, Egypt region.
Christ or “The Pantocrator” relic found at Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, Egypt region.
So, is the Rasta-man still delusional, nay-sayer? Give me a break?!!! Stiffnecked Fools
So, is the Rasta-man still delusional, nay-sayer? Give me a break?!!! Stiffnecked Fools
Christ In His Kingly Character..."me a make no apology, se'en?!"
Christ In His Kingly Character…”me a make no apology, se’en?!”




[A memorial letter for Ethiopia’s Fasika-Tinsa’ey (“Easter”) Celebration]

The letter written from a Ethiopian recalling the times in Ethiopian for the celebration of Fasika/Tinsa’ey are to be shown for the joy of the “Triumphant Christ.”

Even the Ethiopic-Christian practices of antiquity hold to a Hebraic center, after all, Christ told his disciples to “…go into all nations and preach the Gospel…,” it just so happens that those who heard and sought to do the will of God, by the words of these Apostles, who were Hebrews, became known as “Christians”,….hence what the world knows now as the “Judeo-Christian faith”, theology, logic, or whatever else they tend to try to brand it with.

Christians are Hebrews at heart,”…Dr. Phil Valentine-EL

…Still Need More Proof….? Sheesh!!! Well alright here you go….

As Hebrews/Israelites/Jews bring an end to the Shabbot/Sabbath this evening (May 3rd, 2013-Iyar 23rd), Ethiopian-Christians will be spending the night in a church, (by tradition; if ones participate by ability) to read, study, sing, and prepare for the Resurrection of Christ.  They will light candles just as the candles on the Menorah are lit, but in contrast to the modern Judaism, Ethiopian-Christians will, as we Ras Tafari say; “lively up themselves“, wearing beautifully embroidered garments.  They will sing songs, beat the drums and use sistrums played by Ethiopian priests, nuns, and laymen(everyday people).


Ingathering at the church
Ingathering at the church




the "Sistrum"; another mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture & the probably world's first tamborine. lol!
the “Sistrum”; another mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture & probably the world’s first tamborine. lol!


greeting for fasika-tinsae

መልካም ትንሣኤ በዓል!!!!



But the whole of Ethiopia(the continent) will reap the benefit!
But the whole of Ethiopia(the continent) will reap the benefit! JAH RAS TAFARI!!!!!

Rastafari Flag

I&I should coin/patent these phrases, right?!….


love & light,

Yohann Immanuel  “Lidj Yefdi”