6. Don’t refer to them as Rastafarians
Most people who claim to be Rastafarian but have no idea of what it actually means have only dreadlocks, smoking weed and wearing the symbolic colours. Such go as far as appreciating and enjoying it when referred to as ‘Rastafarian’. But a true Rasta will not appreciate that title. This stems from their philosophy. They believe that the additional suffixes ‘ian’ and ‘ism’ represent the corrupt “Babylonian” system which is widely known to be oppressive. Viewing themselves as a religion or an ism of any sort is seen as accepting a system that is abhorrent to what they believe.