THE ETHIOPIAN AFRICA BLACK INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF SALVATION (EABIC)
The Ethiopian Africa Black International Congress/ Church of Salvation (EABIC), also called The Bobo Shanti or Bobo Shanty, is the Priestly order of Rastafari. Founded in 1958 in Spanish Town Jamaica, by Charles Edwards, who later became known as Holy King Emmanuel I, also sited as the Lord's Servant or High Priest Melchizedec.
The name has its origins from the Ghanaian meaning Bobo, which is Black and Ashanti, a tribe located in Kumasi, Ghana. The Ashanti are a part of the Akan People, a group of about 16 different tribes who were/are the main inhabitants of the Ghana region. Many of the people brought to Jamaica and other parts of the world during the slave trade come from these Akan tribes and especially the Ashanti who were known for their fierce and successful resistance against the colonialists. Because of this active struggle they also got captured more often, and also targeted more then the other tribes in attempts to get rid of them. As a result the Islands and especially Jamaica got filled with these Warrior type Africans, who are now also on the forefront of the resistance, and still express their militancy through the Bobo Shanti Order, known for their strict principles, avoidance of anything that has something to do with the west and strong opinions.
Holy King Emmanuel I,s first settlements got removed from many locations throughout Kingston by the authorities, until we finally settled at Zion Hill "the City on a Hill" in Bull Bay, also known as Bobo Hill. We identified each of the former settlements as recorded in the Ible. For instance, Ackee Walk was supposed to be Nazareth, where Yahshua came from, Harris Street was Galilee, where Yahshua went after leaving his native home, Eighth Street, Capernaum and Ninth Street, Bethlehem, for it was there that Yahshua, Queen Rachel's son, was born. The settlement in Bull Bay is named Mount Temon, where YAH originated, as in the Genesis passage.
At Bobo Hill we live separate from society, similarly to the Maroons and Nyahbinghi, like an independent nation within Jamaica with InI own constitution. We do not accept the values and lifestyle of Jamaican society or the west in general.
International Freedom, Redemption, Repatriation, and establishing a Free Black Africa are part of the Bobo Shanti mission.
Bobo Shanti grounds usually do not have electricity, tel-lievisions or radios. Instead we read Ible Scripture, especially Psalms and Chant routinely in the morning, mid-morning to noon and evening.
Bobo Shanti are self-sufficient, we make and sell straw hats and brooms to support the community and grow InI own fruits, vegetables and herbs. We do not smoke Herb in public as it is only reserved for worship among members.
We deal with Nyahbinghi music, the natural Heartbeat; anything else does not represent Bobo Shanti. Reggae is also not accepted, with maybe some exceptions from artists who have an affiliation with the Order.
Reggae artists who are ifiliated with the Bobo Shanti Mansion:
The Abyssinians, Anthony B, Cali P, Capleton, Fantan Mojah, Jah Defender, Jah Mason, Junior Kelly, Junior Reid, Lutan Fyah, Pressure, Prophet Benjamin, Prophecy Izis, Ras Chanayah, Ras Shiloh, Sizzla Kalonji, Teflon, Turbulence.
The Order has expanded over the years and now has branches in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Trinidad and more countries. The Trinidad branch is in Wharf Trace, St Joseph.
Present day the Bobo Shanti High Priest is Trevor Stewart.
Honourable King Emmanuel I, presented the Livity and Teachings through Ible Scripture and Chanting Nyahbinghi... holding the faith that these things clear the mind, so that ones may start to communicate with the I in the I, as King Emmanuel I insists that the heights will come from within, and you will feel the ancientcy in the I as ones trods deeper into Bobo Shanti livity, because the teachings aims that InI tune into the One-InIversal-Truth-Vibration.
Emmanuel is seen as the wind, Marcus the rain, His Majesty the Sun shine and Empress Menen is the Earth.
As mentioned the Bobo Shanti are known as the Priestly House of Rastafari, .The Order closely emulates the Old Testament Hebrew Mosaic Law, which includes the observation of the Sabbath from Friday 6 PM until Saturday 6 PM. We wear the Robe and Turban mentioned in the Ible as the garments suitable for Priests, and observe the Ten Commandments.
Sisters in the order wear skirts that go down to the ankles, wear Turbans in a particular way, and also keep a 21-day "purification principle' related to the menstrual cycle.
When Yahshua transfigured there were two other holy ones on the mountain with him that appeared (Moses and Elijah), in this way Emperor Haile Selassie I transfigured with Marcus Mosiah Garvey as Elijah and King Emmanuel as father Moses. But as the Father and Son are one, just as Yahshua, Moses and Elijah formed that trinity on the mountain, we the house of the Bobo Shanti see these three as three different man in flesh but in one entity and spirit, as spirit has no boundaries.
Now Christ means anointed person or Messiah in Hebrew, we say Ha Masheak meaning Messiah or Mashiah.
Moses is also seen as the Black Christ because he was the anointed Messiah of his time to redeem and lead the house of Ysrayl to the promised land. There are several titles for King Emmanuel I as in terms of the Messiah and the God Head, we call him King Jacob, Abraham, Father Moses, Yesus The Black Christ, Haile Selassie I In his Priestly Character and Melchizedec .
We know many will contest these reasonings and concepts but this is how we see the Almighty YAH. In three persons Marcus Garvey being father, King Emmanuel our son, and Haile Selassie I Our Holy One.
For without the Prophet Marcus Mosiah Garvey, we get no vision, without Priest Emmanuel no ceremonial order for the sanctification of the Soul, and without the King H.I.M Haile Selassie I no Nation. Emperor Haile Selassie I in the spirit is the One in Three and Three in One. When we look for this Trinity in the flesh today we could not go further than Marcus Garvey, Prince Emmanuel, and Emperor Haile Selassie I.
With the spirit all is possible, but in real mathematical terms three can't go into one but one can go into three, so one spirit for the Bobo Shanti in three persons are John the Prophet Marcus Garvey, Yesus The Black Christ King Emmanuel I and King David The Almighty Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Honourable King Emmanuel I, is regarded as The 7th Black Christ-in-flesh. For Bobo Shanti, King Emmanuel I is Yesus the son of Emperor Haile Selassie I. Bobo Shanti bear witness, to testify that King Emmanuel I is the Black Christ that rose in Jamaica in the 20th century, the man who was not crucified with nails to a cross, but a crucifixion by bad words and slander, even from the other Rastafari Mansions.When others look at InI veneration of King Emmanuel I, some are often quick to judge the statement of him being The Black Christ In Flesh, and argue that this can only be Emperor Haile Selassie I. No Rastafari will crucify Emperor Haile Selassie I with bad words for being seen as YAH or Christ, but we see other Rastafari and comb hair fight King Emmanuel I, who we see as Christ, the son of YAH, Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Bobo Shanti say one can become the Black Christ when a person finds the Emperor in Iself, His Majesty gives Life, so He is in InI, and not just a figure to be glorified by photos and portraits. His Majesty is someone that enters the I and makes the world glorify the I, such is the principle within the Mansion of the Bobo Shanti giving reverence onto His Majesty through King Emmanuel I, the High Priest, the Mighty I AM the I AM, First begotten son of the Most High God YAH RASTAFARI, fighting against the scribes and the pharisees defying pharaoh and his hosts.
Our Father Emperor Haile Selassie I, did send forth a Son in the Earth to bear the cross.
Just as Moses led Ysrayl across the waters and through the wilderness, the same works this Man Yesus Christ of Nazareth is here to perform, to lead the Black House of Ysrayl. Moses performed Godly works so I and I could not see Him Less than YAH Himself, because these are works unto YAH..
If a man performs the works that is of YAH, then he is one with the Father, YAH. Just as Yesus Christ is one with the Father (The Father and the Son is one), two different physicals, manifesting the same Power.
Prophesy shows us that one reaches the Father through the Son. So that is why we see the Honourable King Emmanuel I as the Black Christ in Flesh in His Fullness. He is the same Christ from that time till this time. The Son that went to prepare a place for InI in Zion.
Marcus Garvey, the late Jamaican political activist, advocated for the formation of an African homeland for Africans in the diaspora. The Black Nationalist leader later founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and his thinking has influenced the growth of the Bobo Shanti order.The Bobo Shanti are firm on fulfilling Marcus Garvey's vision, repatriation to the homeland Mama Africa.
"Reparation should be achieved after repatriation," words of our Honourable High Priest Emmanuel I.
King Emmanuel I said that reparation should be channeled through the Ethiopian Bank since the head office of the Organization of African Union (OAU) is in Ethiopia.
There is a difference between the Bobo Shanti and other Rastafari mansions flag, in such that we fly the Red, Gold and Green flag with the Red on top. Others are flying the flag the other way around like the Ethiopian flag which has Green on top.
This is because we are more focused on the country Ghana, as this is where we were taken from during the slave trade. Ghana’s flag has the colors Red, Gold and Green with a five pointed star in the middle.
TURBAN AND ROBE
The members of the Bobo Shanti "mansion" are sometimes called Bobo Dreads. Members of this order dress differently from all the other orders. We wear long robes in bright colors usually white, black, red, gold, green and purple. We also have tightly wrapped turbans. This is inspired by Biblical descriptions of how the ancient Ysraylite priests dressed.
There are several places in scripture where the use of this is found, some of them being...
Here are the items that need to be made: a breast piece, a priestly vest, a Robe, an embroidered shirt, a Turban, and a sash. These sacred clothes are to be made for your brother Aaron and his sons who will be my priests.
"You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, 'Holy to the LORD.' "You shall fasten it on a blue cord, and it shall be on the turban; it shall be at the front of the turban. "It shall be on Aaron's forehead.
He is to wear a Holy Linen tunic, and linen undergarments are to be on his body. He must tie a linen sash around him and wrap his head with a linen Turban. These are holy garments; he must bathe his body with water before he wears them.
I clothed myself in righteousness,and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a Robe and a Turban.
to strengthen those who mourn in Zion, by giving them a turban, instead of ashes, oil symbolizing joy, instead of mourning, a garment symbolizing praise, instead of discouragement. They will be called oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor.
I greatly rejoice in the Lord,I exult in my God;for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a Robe of righteousness,as a groom wears a Turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
This is what the Lord God says:Remove the Turban, and take off the crown.Things will not remain as they are; exalt the lowly and bring down the exalted.
Mourn in silence and don't show that you are grieving. Don't remove your turban or take off your sandals; don't cover your face to show your sorrow, or eat the food that mourners eat.
Then I said, Let them put a clean Turban on his head. So a clean turban was placed on his head, and they clothed him in garments while the Angel of the Lord was standing nearby.
The winner will get to wear purple robes, a Turban made of fine linen, and a necklace. He will also get to drink from gold cups, as well as sleep in a gold bed and ride in a chariot pulled by horses with gold bridles.
And his long Robe symbolized the entire universe, while the four rows of precious stones on his breast piece stood for our glorious ancestors, and his Turban represented you, our majestic God.
As mentioned in the Ible the Turban should be made out of Linen but if this is not available then it is desirable to use 100% organic cotton and Hemp is also good. When wrapping the Turban, the intention behind it is important because it shows ones level of Heights or Meditation for that day or moment. Sometimes a Turban will wrap itself perfectly and other times it just seems be harder to get it in perfect shape. One doesn't need to be a Bobo Shanti to wear a Turban, wearing a Turban is something someone does for the I Self, and for the I function and purpose. There is no permission needed. There are Prophets who wore the Turban before they were crowned on Zion Hill, but will tell InI that they have not been crowned by a Prophet or Priest. Something that is necessary if one wants to join the Bobo Shanti Officially. When we do this, the I would have to be around a Prophet or Priest for three months. This includes duties, rising in the morning for psalm reading and roll call. The I would have to read 7 psalms with addition to 9, 35 and 68 which is read every day on the hill. 6 am Bobo time psalm reading, 12 noon 7 psalms and 6 pm.
Naturally like any journey of discovery, going to Zion Hill for the purpose of learning from the Bobo Shanti, will give ones much more knowledge about the Order, Rastafari and Africa. Blessings will increase when one reaches Zion Hill.
The Bobo Shanti are closely related to the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. This was One tribe that was part of the Akan people who have a number of principles that are similar to the Hebrews, however the Akan and Ashante are not officially seen as Hebrews it is likely that they are a remnant from the ancient Hebrews. YAH said he would scatter and wipe out any knowledge of the Ysraylite nation (except the Root/Throne of David) read 1 Kings 9:1-6, so it is only natural and biblical fulfillment that there is no intact Hebrew Ysraylite nation (fully conscious of their heritage) in that area or anywhere else (except Ethiopia). We can easily see that exiled Hebrews reached the African west coast and other parts of Africa after the Exodus of 70ad and certainly had an influence on the people living there, as we can see today in the customs of the Ashanti/Akan, Igbo, Lemba and others. There are many Hebrew descendants among the African people, there was big mix up between Hebrews and other African tribes during the exodus, The Hebrew bloodline did survive but the culture/heritage and knowledge of, has been watered down through time.
Hebrew Ysraylites were Black African people (in the Afro-Asiatic human family). They were one African culture next to others. But through persecution and slavery became one with the whole African continent, and even Europe as these African/Hebrews were taken to Europe and started to spread the Hebrew bloodline there.
The significance of this, is the acknowledgement that the foundation of what we see in modern "religions" today originally stems from the livity of the ancient African Hebrews.
Bobo Shanti encourage Africans to remember and embrace the ancient African self, within whom already exists a perfect heartical connection with creation. It is the purpose of the Bobo Shanti to trod in this time to uncover and recharge it, and then manifest that original spiritual African strength. Because it is InI that are the first spiritual theocracy... and if InI awake... InI will come again. Selah.
Bobo Shanti are faithful Sabbath Keepers, as was ordained by the Hon. King Emannuel I.
The Sabbath is one of the pillars of the Bobo Shanti livety, within it we find Salvation and Sanctification. It is a remembrance and fulfillment of InI ancient heritage that was said to return after being lost with the return of the most High YAH Rastafari Emperor Haile Selassie I.
The Importance of the Sabbath is mentioned in the Bible time and time again. So it is only natural that there is a group within Rastafari to fulfill this Rootical principle.
Sabbath Starts at Friday 6 pm, all work and chores must be done before this time. Food has been made ready, ones are bathed and dressed in white. The Sabbath service begins with the chanting of 7 Psalms and Nyahbinghi drumming, more Psalms are cited at 12 pm and 6 am then again t 6 pm.
There is no smoking from Friday 10 pm till 6 pm Saturday. Bobo Shanti also hold a fast during this time.
Black Supremacy may sound different then what it actually means, because through white supremacy it might indicate as being something Bad and Terrible. But Ivery one who Overstands the truth of Black Supremacy will find it hard to speak against. Black supremacy is not racist and should not be compared with white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
"White supremacy holds that anything that is not white you downpress or get rid of it and that white people are above all other races. There is no place for brown, black or yellow.
Black Supremacy however stands for Equality and Justice, Truth and Rights, and Love and Life for All people, Living in harmony with nature and the Creator of Life. We see Black Supremacy as the natural order of things, with black people being the First to trod the lands, and Africans being the root of all people. Also the foundation of all societies come from ancient Africans Through the knowledge we have shared with the world through time.
Through Black Supremacy the world can reach a Zion State. But only if people realize that the foundation for that creation is ONE BLACK NATION in which we treat all people of all colors as Brothers and Sisters. So it is a call for reinstatement of how things were before the great white supremacy takeover.
PRINCIPLES OF OUR INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS AS GIVEN BY OUR LAW GIVER,
FATHER MOSES, THE RT. HON. KING EMMANUEL CHARLES EDWARDS
Blessed Love My Lord And Empress, Prince And Princess,
Principles to be read each morning to the congregation. Roll call song must be sung every morning. Selah Haile Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
Each individual must answer to his or her name to fulfill loyalty to the morning service of the Lord. Any individual absent from roll call three days straight, can get the turban removed and given three months suspension by the international guard who has the permission and right to do so.
Brethren and Sistren within the Order must give words of prayer before going out and coming in the foundation. Visitors also, even only to say Bless the Lord.
White robe and turban is to be worn on Mondays and Wednesdays fasting services through the principles of Yesus Christ from Creation; Yah Ras Tafari.
All Brethren and Empress to attend fasting house and wash foot tradition as a principle and commandment of Yesus our Saviour; Holy Emmanuel I Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari; our God and King with us in flesh, aman; Melchisedec the King of Salem; without father and mother; our Father : Most High Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
Note: no one goes out or comes in while reverence is going on in the congregation. All souls must stand at reverence; Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
Perfect behavior: no erring, no tale bearing, upright words one to another. There must be no lying, no picking and stealing, no slandering. Just Reasoning on the ten commandments...
Holy Emmanuel I Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
I the Honourable King Emmanuel Charles Edwards speak unto all the children of Ysrayl.
ORDER OF PRINCIPLE BRETHREN
All Prophets, Priests and Apostles who live on the foundation, and also all Brethren coming to the congress to abide until the time of redemption are to seek first the kingdom of YAH, salvation, and all things shall be added.
All are required to move within full strength and unity of love of salvation, to strengthen the congress within upright words and works of salvation, one hand helps the other, strength to strength.
All reasoning must be upon Yesus the black Christ of salvation. Any individual coming to the congress having any reasoning away from salvation must explain who and where such reasoning is coming from. Anyone found reasoning upon any loose argument not dealing with salvation will be asked to leave the foundation. Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in the sight of the most high YAH, the rock of our salvation,
Holy Emmanuel I, Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
Note : On the Sabbath all smoking ceases from 10 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday at the ending of the Sabbath closing hymn.
Note also that all Brethren must stay away from Empress gates (house) when red flag is up (menstrual time). All Brethren should remain at a safe distance from the Sisters fence when they are flying a red flag. Do not touch the ministering Empress, stay away from her little ones who is ministering with her to keep free from pollution. The Empress and her children should be quiet and humble during such time.
Pollution is a serious affair.
No cooking at Brethren gates, all cooking take place at the universal kitchen. Sisters with little ones on the foundation have a freedom to prepare something for their little ones at their gates. Brethren would not cook at sisters gates (place of abode) the reason why the Sisters are free to cook is that the universal kitchen does not come up in time to fulfill the needs of the little ones on the hill
HONORABLE EMPRESS, GODDESS AND PROPHETESS
I, the most rt. Hon. King Emmanuel Charles Edwards say, Sisters must help the Brethren, strength to strength.
Every Empress should live within the true divinity and humbleness of Queen Omega. An Empress voice should not be loud and vulgar but should be soft and humble to reflect the true spirit of a virtuous woman and the integrity of a Goddess of the Earth. A true Goddess should see it free to strengthen the god in flesh. Therefore every empress should see it free to assist the Brethren within washing, cleaning and sewing. Brethren through the love of their Mother, Sister and Dawta should strengthen an Empress freely and should free up the gates and allow the Sistren to move through freely. Neither Brethren nor Sistren must be seen at each others gates (house) after 6 p.m.
Every Empress who has a Kingman should show him about the Empress principles concerning the 21 days journey. The Kingman after that, could not say that he did not know about them. These principles should be a spiritual guidance for all Empress on such 21 days journey and for those who they come amongst when they are free. All Empress should be properly dressed inside and outside their gates. I and I as gods and goddess should live within unity and love of salvation and help each other spiritually and temporally. Any Empress who has a house should be willing to take in another Empress in their gates who are in need. Two or three Empress can live together if the need arise.
An empress who has little ones is to nurture them to be humble and quiet, also to have manners and respect to the priest, bigger prophets and empress at all times. The children should be taught to know their place from early childhood to respect and obey YAH in flesh and know that man is god and god is man in flesh.
If an Empress is ministering unfree and has her children with her, she should teach them how to behave during such time, knowing that they should not touch anyone or go any place where free ones gather.
A youthman should not be living with his mother when she is on her journey, unless he is sent there because of bad behavior. The right place for a young man to be is amongst man, for that is what he is growing up to be.
All these things should be rectified within the empress league to bring back everyone to a natural family within salvation.
ORDER OF BEHAVIOR CHILDREN
It is the desire of our father to see the children upon this hill living together within love and unity. Therefore, all caretakers should teach their children to Love the rest of the children and not to live brutally amongst themselves. Princes should be taught that they should not ill-treat or rough up the little Goddess and that they should deal with each other uprightly. Only words and ways of salvation.
I, the most rt. Hon. King Emmanuel Charles Edwards call upon all children of the black house of Ysrayl to enter into my service and share in the glory that shall never vanish away. The black Christ salvation is free without money, without price. Therefore, seeing we are in a college, we should help ourselves and one another spiritually and temporally, to provide for our natural domestic needs until the time of our fundamental freedom, redemption, and international repatriation to our Heavenly Home, Black Ethiopia Africa, the land where all Gods and Goddesses Love to be.
Every morning there should be volunteers to get water, stick and wood to fulfill our domestic affairs. Every morning all are to strengthen the universal kitchen with water and wood. Also all can find something to do with the production of the international Broomfield such as scrape a stick, tear straw, fold or nail a broom. All are required to do so, to up-lift our international black supremacy poor peoples government kingdom, spiritually and temporally.
SPIRITUAL DOCUMENT OF UPLIFTMENT
It is right for everyone to sacrifice themselves spiritually and whole wholeheartedly for salvation, to make ourselves stronger in salvation for the Upliftment of life. To my view, saith The Most High. To the ones whose heart desire is to go on such spiritual journey but finds out that he or she cannot carry it through to the end, he or she should come to the god of love to have freedom in themselves to take a helper and both of them would become one flesh. In choosing a helper, the God and Goddess must first come to the Father to have it right. No side movements must take place. Anyone found doing so will go through the side gate and leave the hill.
Remember romans chapter 7 and 8. It tells of the corruption that comes when you live after the flesh. Sons and daughters give me thine heart and I will give thee my fathers Everliving Kingdom.
Together we walk, together we talk, together we wash one anothers feet. Some people say we have no need, but we are doing the lords command; laws and commandments from our father the Black Heavenly King, the Black Moses, the Mighty God of the Ysraylite :
Holy Emmanuel I Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
I and I are children of the God of Love and we should show such Love amongst ourselves. Peace and Love, Ras Tafari brings the whole In the Love.
Yahovia YAH Ras Tafari.
Let us all live together in One Heart of Love through the divine salvation of our father,
Our Most High God and King : Holy Emmanuel I Selassie I Yah Ras Tafari.
BLESSED LOVE RASTAFARI.
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