Babylon Report, dUb, Higher Learning


Rastafarians apply the theory of Babylon to Jamaican society as well as to the rest of the world. In Jamaica Babylon encompasses the concerted efforts of various agencies representing the power structure, those who have a stronghold on available resources. One of the most important characteristics of this group is that it excessively emulates Western culture. The culture of the oppressed, consequently, is relegated to a second-class status. Western culture is seen as the measuring rod to demarcate that which is superior. Babylon in this sense entails “part of a world view and cultural perceptions” which degrades anything African. Transcending such perceptions, the Rastafari idealize Africa.
The Rastafarian critique of Babylon transcends Jamaican society and includes denouncing capitalistic systems as well as certain communistic regimes.
Rastafarians refer to these systems as “anancy regimes”, oppressive systems based on shrewdness. International Babylon is represented by the industrialized nations of the world, spearheaded by the United States, as well as key religious institutions such as the Vatican. According to the Rastafari, international Babylon has a long history with a succession of oppressive eras. They note that oppressive regimes such as those of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, British, and Americans have dominated world history. From the Rastafarian perspective, all of these regimes were inspired by the activities of “Nebuchadnezzar, the infamous king of the Biblical Babylon“. It is within this
overall historical context that the Rastafarians explain their experience and ultimate mission, the overcoming of the oppression of Blacks and humanity at large.


Social Movement Endurance: Collective Identity and the Rastafari 

by  Alem Seghed Kebede, Thomas E. Shriver, J. David Knottnerus.

in  Sociological Inquiry, Vol. 70, No. 3, Summer 2000, 313-37

Babylon Report, Dub Disinfo Department, Higher Learning

” The historic city of Rome, pagan before it was Christian,
was built upon Seven Hills; the Palatine, Crelian, Aventine,
Viminal, Quirinal, Esquiline, and the Capitol. In Latin
times it was called Urbs Septicollis. Some old authors
speak of” Valentia” as a secret name for Rome.

The “Bijou Notes and Queries,” vol. xiv., p. 235, says that
the 7 days of the week have all been used as sacred days;
Sunday by Christians; Monday by the Greeks; Tuesday by
the Persians; Wednesday by the Assyrians; Thursday by the
Egyptians; Friday by the Turks; and Saturday by the Jews.”