"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:
The cashew cheese
The authentic all-natural products, including soaps and spices
The Yardy Vibes Mento Band
The Rastafarian drummers
VSpot and their delicious vegetarian sip
The amazing display of sculpting
My friend Cherri's 'Love story' book presentation.
The wide array of traditional Jamaican and Rastafarian craft items
And just the overall, nice, positive vibes of the environment!
I won't leave you hanging tough, here are some captivating photos (below) as well as a video.
Pics Of The Journey To The Village
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.
Jamaican castor oil fields along the way
Pictures Of The Rastafari Village
The Gazebo at the Rasta Village
Center Stage For Performances
Rastafarian Sovereign States In Jamaica
Writings On Rastafari Beliefs
Rastafari Belief On Meat Eating
Rastafari Harmony Belief
Fyah Pon Babylon
The FIRE side
Crafts and Jewelry On Display
Rastafari Craft On Display
Hand Made Drums At The Rasta Village
Rastafarian Gift Shop Items
Food & Medicine
Breadfruit Roasting At The Rasta Village
Fried Plantain with Jamaican Cashew Cheese
Rastafarian Village Vegetarian Soup
Indigenous Jamaican Cocoa (chocolate) Beans
The Rastafarian Kitchen
Rastafarian Vegetarian Meal
Fresh Fruits From Rastafarian Village
Medicinal Products & Plants
King Of The Forest - Rasta Village
Rastafari Soap - All Natural
All Natural Jamaican and Rastafarian Products
& The Entertainment
Yardy Vibes Mento Band Plays at Rastafari Indigenous Village
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.
Drumming at the Rastafari Indigenous Village In Jamaica
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!
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Before I Go....
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".
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