Nyabinghi (Mansion of Rastafari)

Nyabinghi is one of the oldest denominations, or "Mansions", of the Jamaican religion of Rastafari.

Probably the largest Rastafari group, the House of Nyabinghi is an aggregate of more traditional and militant Rastas who seek to retain the movement close to the way in which it existed during the 1940s.[1] They stress the idea that Haile Selassie was Jah and the reincarnation of Jesus.[1] The wearing of dreadlocks is regarded as indispensable and patriarchal gender roles are strongly emphasised,[1] while, according to Cashmore, they are "vehemently anti-white".[2] Nyabinghi Rastas refuse to compromise with Babylon and are often critical of reggae musicians like Marley, whom they regard as having collaborated with the commercial music industry.[3]



  1. ^ a b c Edmonds 2012, p. 62.
  2. ^ Cashmore 1983, p. 25.
  3. ^ Edmonds 2012, pp. 59, 62.


  • Cashmore, E. Ellis (1983). Rastaman: The Rastafarian Movement in England (second ed.). London: Counterpoint. ISBN 978-0-04-301164-5.
  • Edmonds, Ennis B. (2012). Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199584529.