An Etymology of the word Ras-Tafari – By Ras Naftali

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ras tafari as dread youth

In Amharic language, the word Ras, literally means “head”. It is an Ethiopian title equivalent to prince or chief.

The personal given name Täfäri (teferi) means one who is respected or feared.

Thus Ras Tafari means Chief Dread or the Head Dread. This is the first earthly name of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Jah Ras Tafari is the ancient of days spoken of frequently in the ancient scriptures. Hail him by his hola name Jah. See Psalms 68:4. KJV. Allelu-YAH! The original Hebrew word is Yah, which sounds like Jah in translation.

In Rastafari mystics, Yah is envisioned as a mighty dread seated upon his hola throne. The ancient of days of whose hair upon his head was like virgin wool. See the book of Daniel Chapter 7. KJV.

Haile Selassie has revealed himself as the Ras Tafari, the dreadlock lion of Judah, the first of all created beings, Amen! See Revelations 2. KJV

He is the one seated on his hola throne, mighty and dreadful, before the four living creatures and the twenty four elders. See The Book of Revelations. See Chapters 1 to 5. KJV

Note these two Amharic terms:

Fatari means creator in Amharic.

Tafari means Dread or dreaded one or one who is to be feared/respected.

Ras Tafari, the Mighty Dread, the Dread Heads, Elect of Jah, I and I.


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  1. I don’t know how to express my happiness properly. In one sentence, I had the honour to know that He is the Lord, our God the Father, the King of Kings

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