duke (often translated as prince), which is a high ranking noble title.
In 1928 Ras Tafari Makonnen became a Negus or king. He was the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Ras Tafari Makonnen did government work, and when the Ethiopian Queen died in 1930, he became Emperor of Ethiopia and took the name of Haile Selassie, meaning Power of the Trinity.
Haile Selassie's full title in office was His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia and Elect of God.
Rastafari saw these official titles and Haile Selassie's traditional lineage from Solomon and Sheba as confirmation of the return of the Messiah as described in the prophetic Book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible.
The faith of the Rastafari in the incarnate divinity of Haile Selassie began after news reports of his coronation reached Jamaica. Haile Selassie's own perspectives permeate the philosophy of the movement. The Rastafari movement is a monotheistic religious movement that recognises a spiritual tradition based on the teachings of Abraham. They accept both Jesus Christ and Haile Selassie I as God incarnate.
The Rastafari use cannabis for spiritual purposes. Rastas regard the term Rastafarianism as offensive and derogatory.