Rastafarian: Twelve Tribes of Israel


There are several mansions (sections) of Rastafari. This is synonymous to fingers on a hand. The Twelve Tribes of Israel shares fundamental beliefs of Rastafari. They are one of the many fingers of the Rastafarian culture. The main difference from the mainstream Rastafarian Movement is the beleif in Jesus the CHRIST. Within the Twelve Tribe of Israels mansion (sect) of Rasatafari, the name JAH SHUA is used instead of the name Jesus. This is because the name Jesus was used to endorse and enforce slavery within the Caribbean.

The Twelve Tribe of Israel faith is based on individual enlightenment. They also believe in the Old Testament (Torah) and the new testaments. They don't believe that King Haile Selassie I is the final King and God. However, it is believed that King Haile Selassie I is a manifestation of JAH SHUA . There are no specific laws that everyone has to follow. Individual reasoning and research should bring each member to a common conclusion.

Other religions are allowed to assimilate within the movement. Twelve tribes of Israel is more of an organization than a religion. A seventh Day Christian could also become a member. A Jewish person could also join the organization. Twelve Tribes of Israel is monotheistic based. It shares the same background as Christians, Judaism and Islam. For example all these religions believe in Abraham and worships Abraham's God.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel of Rastafari are referred to as the lost tribes of Israel. The lost tribes of Israel were exiled from Israel to east Africa then to West Africa Then taken as slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and throughout the west. Most members of this movement consider themselves to be from the Tribe of Judah, the scattered descendants of the King David and Solomon lineage.

The objective of this movement is Repatriation. This is the return of all members to the Promised Land. Repatriation is a must. The Twelve Tribes of Israel also pursues reparation on behalf of all descendants of black people brought to the west. This is presently being negotiated with Queen Elizabeth the II. The Twelve Tribes of Israel represents the judiciary and diplomatic arm of the Rastafarian culture.

Dr Vernon Carrington
Dr Vernon Carrington


The Twelve Tribes of Israel of Israel faith was started by Prophet Gad also known as Dr Vernon Carrington. Prophet Gad main teaching was to study the bible and discover the truth for ones self. He started the movement in 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. Prophet Gad lived from November 1, 1936 to March 22, 2005. As explained before, Dr Vernon Carrington believed that some of the lost tribes of Israel, through slavery found their way to Jamaica.

Jesus the CHRIST

The belief in JAHSHUA is the main difference from the other mansions of Rastafari. However, Twelve Tribes of Israel members do not practice the rituals done in Christian Churches such as baptism, christening or holding mass. They don't believe in Christmas or any other Christian holidays. The Twelve Tribes of Israel believes in JAHSHUA the CHRIST and what he represents. Haile King Selassie I also encourages the belief in the Jesus the Christ.

King Haile Selassie I is the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. This is the oldest Christian Church even before the Catholic Church. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the mansions of Rastafari that also embraces JAHSHUA the CHRIST. The members of Twelve Tribes of Israel do not believe in a white Jesus. They believe that the racial background of Jesus is misrepresented by the majority race. JAHSHUA is a spirit and does not have physical attributes. The same concept is applied to YAHWEH (God). JAHSHUA is also a descendant of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, descended from the Tribe of Judah.

Matthew 1:1 (Mattityahu 1:1)

1. This is the book of the genealogy of Messiah Yeshua("Jesus the Christ"), the son of David, the son of Abraham.


The Twelve Tribes of Israel are presently trying to re-establish the monarchy of Ethiopia. They are supporting Amha Selassie (son of King Haile Selassie I), to continue the dynasty. Ethiopia is a very important country to all Rastafarians. Ethiopia is the Garden of Eden and the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. When Rastafarians refer to Israel, they are not referring to the Israel state. They are referring to Jacob and his ancestors and what they represent. The promise land of Israel is all of Africa and the Middle East.

Members of the Twelve Tribes of Israel are most likely to cut their hair and shave. They also are more likely to be lacto-ova vegetarians rather than vegans. The Twelve Tribes of Israel mansion is the largest mansion within the Rastafarian culture. Members can be found anywhere in the world. The only strict rule of the organization is love.


For More Information on Rastafarian Culture

· Rastafarian Culture : An overview of Rastafarian culture and lifestyle. The different aspects of Rastafarian beliefs is explained and explored. Certain aspects such as health, food, appearance and spiritual beliefs will be examined carefully. The main Rastafarian rituals will also be expounded on.

· Rastafari vs Babylon: Explains the conflict between Rastafarian beliefs and Babylon. The continuous and soon to end battle between the righteous and the unrighteous. The wicked will continue to take advantage of the innocence of the people. It is the job of Rastafarian culture to shine a light on the deceptive techniques used by Babylon.

· Why Rastafarians are Vegans: Sparing the life of animals is an important part of Rastafarian beliefs and culture. There are more nutrients provided by plants than meat. In this day and age of hormone induced meats, it is important to avoid the dangers of meat. This article proves the importance of a vegan diet and the benefits to be gained.

· Rastafari: Interview with a Congo Natty: This is a rare interview of a (Congo Natty) Rasta Man. The Congo Natty is often seen as the purest form of practicing Rastafarian culture and beliefs. They stay far from the city and processed foods. This interview sheds light on why it is important to practice this type ascetic lifestyle. Other topics such as money, Babylon and the internet will be discussed.

· The Children are Crying Out for Love: A street child does a touching dub poet about living on the streets of Jamaica. This poem conjures up a lot of emotions. One of the main Rastafarian beliefs is to look out for the children of the streets. All these children on the streets are part of the Rastafarian culture.

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PETER LUMETTA profile image


A good rundown of the religion. A lot of good info and a pretty good idea. Thanks


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Fellow Mumbaite 5 years ago from India

Great piece of information. Never knew much about the tribal life of Israel until now.

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Blessings Brethren, most informative piece. It's is so important to be able to speak with assurance about whatever you are speaking , thus eliminating the need for hostility and ignorance .

He who have eyes to see let them .

Give Thanks.

Aza 5 years ago

Twelve Tribes of Israel organization is not a religion but an organization with a Judeo Christian philosophy indoctrinated among the Rastafari Movement.

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Aza;

Yes that is a safe conclusion to make based on the info provided.

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Where are you brethren ? Just asked WD for you. Good to know all is well.


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mackyi 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Thanks for sharing and educating the people who had no knowledge whatsoever of the "Twelve Tribe". Good job.

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect mackyi, nuff respect .

Ras carlos kenya 5 years ago

Respect to Jah Almighty,the Lion never fails.its unity that's our strength.am from the 12 tribes of Israel and thanks for the job well done.RASTA is voluntary

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Ras Carlos Kenya, Repatriation is a must.

Midas Issachar 5 years ago

greetings and love , fb Midas Issachar ,let's link

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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Midas Issachar, Greetings from the tribe of Judah. Link I on facebook or socialrasta@yahoo.com

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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

Really interesting hub, rasta1! I've done some research on the lost tribes as well and it seems they scattered all over the world.

Thanks so much for a great read!

One Love ~

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Mmargie, based on i observation, most of the people in the Caribbean are from Tribe of Judah, Dan and Reuben.

shamou 4 years ago

I am proud of the 12 tribes belief in Jesus Christ, which is the wisest acceptance. For there is no other name under heaven that one can be saved. But concerns come up, which I belive will change within the coming years, is the baptism. Why not partake in it, for it is in Christ words that one must get baptised to become born of the spirit and birthed into the kingdom, washed clean after the repentance. That is a great gift, a gift of love

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Shamou, 12 tribe run in order with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Baptism is an issue of each individuals personal choice. Jesus CHRIST who is from the Tribe of Judah had John the Baptist, baptise HIM. This proves that 12 Tribe can become baptized if they wish to do so.

However, JAH does not want sacrificial or symbolic offerings.

JAH needs mercy, towards each other.

Shamou 4 years ago

Respect Rasta 1, very true to each ones personal choice and that John the Baptist did baptized Christ. It is also true that Jah gets more glory in love than sacrifice, a sacrificial heart has the ability to practice works over faith instead of vice versa, which is no good. But to say baptismal is sacrificial, I tend to disagree, its more like a rites to passage. For this is done only once for all time. For i-sample H.I.M had to be baptized to be found worthy of Jah to carry out his work and be called Haile Selassie, After Jesus was baptized the son was found worthy before the father. Which seems weird because Christ was already living an ital life with unlimited measure of grace, but it wasn't until the baptismal that Jah was proud of him. So i-cite that the baptismal is important to Jah to partake of to be of his. I-mon was born from the womb, the flesh to be in this world, now i-mon is born through the spirit, to prepare for the Kingdom.

John 3:5, His Christ words-

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

One love, InI kno seh that some ppl don't agree but for the ones who has an ear let them hear what the spirit says.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

....Of the water and spirit. I am not saying baptism is wrong. John the Baptist works with water but CHRIST baptize with fire.

The baptism with fire (holy ghost) is valid without the baptism of water.

The baptism of water is incomplete without accepting the Fire.

Shamou 4 years ago

InI believe that we are on the same page, much love bredrin

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Sign and Seal. 10 Commandments from Moses and Forgiveness from CHRIST.

Shamou 4 years ago

John 15:26 KJV

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Same Frequency Shamou

Jospeh 4 years ago

Hossana to the Son of David, King Jah Zere Yacob Asfa Wossen Haile Selassie 1st. Blessed is He who Cometh in the name of the Most High Jah Rastafari Haile Selassie 1st.

The latest news from the Mother land:

A worldwide investigation has been launched by the Imperial Federal Army in Ethiopia.

This has to deal with everyone who has collected money in the name of Jah Rastafari and the Davidic Royal House of Ethiopia, and have been robbing, cheating and deceiving the peoples and members of organizations of the Rastafari movement. The parties includes The Twelve Tribes of Israel, Nurses of Israel, the Ethiopian Orthodox church, and many more organizations and peoples, who have received donations and contributions towards their events in the name of Rastafari, and have not forwarded these funds and contributions to the Royal family of Ethiopia. All shall come to account.

Minister Sister Dinah from Toronto,Canada, who now resides in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia, would like this message to be published throughout the whole earth.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Tribe of Joseph. The information will be passed on accordingly. It is unfortunate that such crimes have been committed. The individuals who have abused their authorities will have to face retribution.

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JustWrite7 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

thanks sooo much for sharing...

i was just introduced to the 12 Tribes of Israel today...after doing some research on Rasta...after watching a Bob Marley documentary (in that order).

i send you gratitude for sharing information about a topic that i have discovered is a little hard to research...hidden truths, so to speak...thanks again. Namaste.

(my google search pulled this article up by the way...i did not search HubPages on this topic...didn't even cross my mind to do so...again, thanks...WriteOn!!!)

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

I was just watching a Bob Marley documentary too. I am glad you like it.

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BobMonger 3 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

Too many of us in the west do not ask enough questions of ourselves or our faith(s). Though traditional rites have their uses depending on them overmuch tends to close the mind and keep the spirit from growing. Your writings are like a window into the other "Mansions of our Father's House" that I find insightful, thought provoking, as well as entertaining. Keep up the good work, my friend!

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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Bob. I am glad you can see the world for what it is. There are many mansions in my fathers house. All of them peaceful.

sis Reuben 8 months ago

"Most members of this movement consider themselves to be from the Tribe of Judah"

"most of the people in the Caribbean are from Tribe of Judah, Dan and Reuben"


According to the teachings of the 12 tribes of Israel, what tribe you belong to is determined by which month of the year you are born, nothing else.

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rasta1 6 months ago from Jamaica Author

Nothing wrong with that

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