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Rastafarian

(răs-tă-fă′rē-ăn)
A religious cult that originated in Jamaica in the 1930s and has members in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. It is of medical importance because cult members' dietary practices may lead to vitamin B12 deficiency with subsequent neurological disease, megaloblastic anemia, or both.
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A standard device is to seek humor by placing Rastafarians in unusual situations.
It noted that even though the Rastafarian society is registered in the country there is no proof Mwendwa belongs to it and above all it is not open to a minor.
But he maintained he had done nothing wrong as both the use and the sale of marijuana was a recognised part of Rastafarian culture and religion, which in turn was protected by the new law.
Rastafarians also go by the names rastas, sufferers, locks-men, dreads or dreadlocks.
A self-confessed Rastafarian drug dealer told a judge yesterday that the Human Rights Act allowed him to trade in cannabis.
Other religious groups include Baha'is and Rastafarians; according to the 2001 census, Rastafarians numbered approximately 3,500 members.
According to the census, there are approximately 1,500 Rastafarians. Baha'is are present in smaller numbers.
The total number of non-Christians was small; they included an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Rastafarians, more than 200 adherents of Islam, nearly 200 Hindus, and approximately 50 members of the Baha'i Faith.
A small but stable number of citizens identified themselves as Rastafarians, while some members of the country's small resident Guyanese and Indian populations practiced Hinduism and other South Asian religions.
Other minority religious groups included Rastafarians, Hindus, Buddhists, and members of the Baha'i Faith.
Rastafarians complained that the use of marijuana, used in their religious rituals, was illegal and that their members were victims of societal discrimination, especially in hiring.
Minority religious groups included Rastafarians and members of the Baha'i Faith.