THE BOBO ASHANTI WOMEN OF RASTAFARI….. 

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Neo Makesa

Bobo Ashanti, also called the Ethiopian International Congress, is a religious group based in Bull Bay near Kingston, Jamaica. The Bobo Ashanti are one of the strictest Mansions of Rastafari. They cover Their dreadlocks with turbans and wear long robes.

And while some Nyabinghi and Twelve tribe Rastafari drink wine and are either vegetarians orcarnivores (meat eaters), the Bobo Ashanti are all strict vegan vegetarians and stick to the biblical restrictions regarding their vow;

Men and women – the latter constituting only 20 per cent of the camp’s population of some 100 Boboshantis – live in separate dwellings and cohabit only for the week when sex is allowed. For 21 days of every month, sometimes 24, the women must deny themselves male companionship.

Boboshanti is the only Rastafari order known to practise this degree of separation. All women acknowledge the “power of the goddess” – a term used to describe a woman’s ovulation cycle. The blood cycle is a part of creativity. it is the womb that is shedding; it must make room to house a young human. Women must cover their legs and arms. A woman may serve food to a guest, but never to a Bobo male.

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