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"Take a trip across the river, it is cooling to your feet, your mind, body and soul" - Ifana (Rasta Indigenous Village)
If you are seeking a different kind of activity or adventure, do yourself a special favour and take a trip to what I call the 'cradle' of Rastafarian faith, roots and culture, The Indigenous Rastafarian Village in rural, St. James.
I journeyed there for one of their monthly IRITS event, thanks to Cherri and JahB, and was fascinated by the love, the lifestyle, the food, everything!
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This IRITS event, by the way, is a showcase of Jamaican and Rastafarian culture, practices, talents and products.
This month, the feature was the artisans, wood carvers and local natural products.
If you asked me to 'sum up' the visit, by sharing the highlights, I'll tell you I saw / enjoyed:
I won't leave you hanging tough, here are some captivating photos (below) as well as a video.
As an avid Montegonion, we took the back road to get there, and wasn't it a treat? We got some great views and absolutely enjoyed the lush greenery.
By the way, I have a special video on these guys, the Yardy Vibes mento band. They performed the song, Born Jamaican. You can click this link to watch it.
And even better, I knew you'd expect it, and so I created a video of the event for you. It includes a walkthrough, interview of some of the suppliers with products displayed and of course, the mento band and the drumming.
Here is it below, you'll love it!
I didn't want to overwhelm you with pictures, but I thought I'd share these with you....
These are fundamental quotes and beliefs by prominent Rastafarians that were proudly displayed in the gazebo area.
All in all, it was a fun and fascinating experience! It is a wonderful vibration.
I agree with one of the female Rastafarians, who noted.
"IRITS is about us, identifying our self in a space that we have created. It is a sharing space, a conversation space. Its a space where we believe that if you work with the natural environment, and respect humanity, people and each other, this is the space for you".
If not already done, be sure to watch the video above, you'll enjoy it!
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