Study Ethiopian History, ALL Kings of Ethiopia from Menelik I to the Haile Selassie I were crowned Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Zion, Elect of God, King of King and Lord of Lords. These Titles were not unique to Haile Selassie I.
Read the Kebra Negast and Study Ethiopian History.
Haile Selassie is not Rasta nor did he promote the majority of the Rastafari docrines.
He did not smoke herb nor did he grow dread locks, and in many speeches he declared himself NOT to be the returned Christ. He did not just ignore the question he answered it with a RESOUNDING NO, I AM NOT THE RETURNED CHRIST, and he even gave a warning for those who believed him to be.
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