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For Rastas, Eating Pure Food From the Earth is a Sacred Duty

A great feature from National Geographic about Rastafarians and their “ital is vital” diet.

Before modern-day health food, Rastafarians were making breadfruit spiced with Scotch bonnet peppers and coconut milk, not chemicals. The style of primarily vegan eating is known as ital cooking. Rastas commonly say, “Ital is vital,” pointing to how the diet got its name.

The Rastafari religion and political movement was born in Jamaica in the 1930s and promoted an African-centric way of looking at the Bible. It has since fanned out across the Caribbean and beyond to over a million followers, the most famous of which was the late reggae singer Bob Marley. Rastas are commonly called Locksmen and Dreadlocks, as they believe God (Jah) instructed them to to never cut their hair.

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