Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Time and Memory in Reggae MusicThe Politics of Hope$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sarah Daynes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076213

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076213.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 23 July 2021

The eschatology as future-present

The eschatology as future-present

(p.154) 9 The eschatology as future-present
Time and Memory in Reggae Music

Sarah Dayens

Manchester University Press

The messianic character of the Rastafari movement, and especially its apocalyptic representation of the future, deeply influences the daily life as well as worldview of the rastas. In reggae music, the eschatology is everywhere: it defines both practices and representations that belong to the present, contaminating them, as it were, by charging them with meaning. The future provides the present with an intensity that the past lacks: the effervescence of collective redemption, the fulfillment of a long-awaited justice, the final coming of the myth into human time. In the Book of Revelation, Babylon becomes the archetype of Evil. For the rastas, history offers a long list of Western wrongdoings, whose apogee was slavery and colonialism. Mental slavery is exerted through the whole social structure, from the education system to religious institutions to the media to the government, which are all viewed as actively participating in a vast enterprise of exploitation. The description of Babylon is made by using images of war and symbols from the Bible.

Keywords:   Rastafari movement, future, reggae, eschatology, Bible, slavery, Babylon, symbols, time, present

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.