To be Rastafarian you don’t have to be black; in fact Rastafarianism has to come from the heart. Rastas are famous for smoking marijuana as a symbol of religious practice.” Real Rastas – of which there are very few in Uganda it seems – do not touch alcohol.
RASTA IS SWEET, COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED WITH A SENSE OF TLC (tender loving care) AND REALITY. real Rasta don’t drink…” I’ve spent the last few weeks pondering this question and asked girlfriends I posted this same question on Facebook – and then it got interesting! They’re less conservative.” To some women, Rastas represent the exotic.
Having dreadlocks or being dark-skinned does not define your “Africaness” – but maybe the ‘first time to Africa’ Muzungu hasn’t worked that out yet?
If you don’t fit in with the status quo, people are going to comment.
Perhaps that’s why I like the Rasta look on some men: I like a man who’s not afraid to stand up for himself when challenged.
I’d never really considered Muzungu / Ugandan relationships in that light, and then I thought – with a pang – of the guy I’d been seeing on and off for a year.