TAFARI THE MYSTICAL YOUTH
On July 23, 1892 a child by the name of Tafari Makonnen, was born in Ejarsa Gora near the city of Harar.
This child was a direct descendant of the biblical King Solomon of Jerusalem and Queen Makeda of Sabo Sheba the southern lands of Ethiopia. Indeed his blood lines have been traced back to Solomon s grandfather Jessie, the blackest Jew the world had ever known.
Tafari was named Ras by the church in recognition of his Royalty Striking hand some, extraordinarily soft spoken and deferential. He was with a minor appointment as governor of Selale in a small and insignificant corner of a realm located at the north west of the Imperial city of Addis Ababa. He was also in the southern frontiers of Ethiopia to serve as governor of Sidamo province.
Tafari as a youth, manoeuvred his way to a position of political indispensability. He is the one who ushered Ethiopia into the League of Nations.
This child also fulfil the prophecy written in Isiah 9 V 5, "For unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given and the Government shall be on his shoulder and his name shall be called wonderful counsellor, the Might of God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace".
Rumours cropped up in Addis Ababa that even Ras Tafari s trusted personal counsellors were terrified of him, reluctant to shake his hand or gaze directly upon his stark features with pointed nose, sparse beard and penetrating, almost black eyes, all framed by wild bushy hair. Queer tales began to circulate about Tafari s boyhood, the most notable concerning his supposed ability to speak to animals. During his youth it was claimed he had, on several occasions been seen conversing in the bush with leopards and lions, the fierce jungle beast becoming docile at his feet.
Further, it was said that as a young student, Tafari was quite bright, competent at his lessons, but that he had truly astounded the priest with the depth of his knowledge concerning religious and mystical matters not only could he quote freely from the book of Kufale, the book of Inoch, The Shepherd of Hermas, Judith, Ecclesiasticus, Tobit, The Matshafa Berhan (Book of Light), The Sixth and Sevent books of Moses, the book of Eden (Secretly deleted from Genesis during the dark ages), all thirty-one books of the Hebrew Bible, the twenty-one Canonical books of the New Testament but numerous Apocryphal and Pseudepigrahic books.
One priest asked Tafari where he got his knowledge. Tafari replied that much of it had come to him at the moment of his babtism, conducted according to tradition on the fortieth day of his life. The priest who presided at the ceremony had opened Tafari s eyes with the first touch of holy Chrism that everything that ensued was a comprehensible to the infant as if he had been an adult. The priest pronounced his surnamed he remembered and next his babtismal name and then he blew softly in Tafari s face to drive off the evil spirits. At that instant Tafari claimed he felt himself enveloped by a golden glow and as the priest began to anoint him, water touching his forehead, breast, shoulder and all of the other thirty-seven prescribed places, he felt his knowledge increase filling him up like a vessel and endowing him with a great sense of clarity about creation and the final purpose of man.
When the birds and the beasts and even the insects began to greet him and speak to him, reminding him of what he already knew, Tafari replied, "Which was the first creature to speak to him".
Tafari requested a sheet of paper and some pastels and began to draw with extraordinary facility, a picture of a bird. It reembled a dove, but with exotic, multicoloured plumage. The priest was about to ask Tafari what sort of bird it was when he was dumbfounded as it flew out through the nearby window disappearing into the sky.
The chief priest arranged meetings with him to question and perhaps catch him with what he supposed might be blasphemous mischief or pagan magic.
At one of these meetings Rastafari is said to have made it plain that he was well acquainted with the rare manuscripts of Abba Aragaive and the other Coptic monks known as the Nine "Saints", who entered Ethiopia in 480 A.D. and founded the first monasteries in Tigre province. He also revealed that he was acquainted with the occult applications of Urim and thummin and the Mezuzah as well as the use of the magic word Gematria and Notarilon in Egypt Necromancy and also of the magical names writing of Gilgamesh. The pagan rituals surrounded the worship of Isis of the serpen Arwe and of the Abyssinian Gods of earth (Meder) sea, (Beher) and war (Mahrem) as well as the Arcana of astrology and numerology. but most importantly Tafari exhibited to the priest his understanding of the central messages in the Egyptian book of the dead and the Egyptian book of two ways.
At one point an old abmnet (Abbot) allegedly asked to examine Tafari s palms. he saw that there were Shgmata there and the lifeline back upon itself in an emblem of infinity, Tafari whispered a word in the abbot s ear and all colour drained from the old man s face. He left the room apparently in shock, refusing to return or to speak with his colleagues.
Tafari addressed a monk who served in the Cathedral of Azum, where the ark is kept. Tafari described to him in Kushed the Kedusta Kedussan, the Holy of Holies or inner sanctum where the Tabot - The Ark - is kept and recited various inscriptions written upon it. Close to fainting with the shock of what Tafari was disclosing, the monk is said to have covered his ears to shut out these blasphemous revelations and he and the rest of the priests hurriedly dispersed.
Later they made a solemn pact among themselves to do everything within their means to keep the young Tafari from ever gaining power in the land as he was considered too dangerous, dangerous beyond belief.
The stories about Tafari s boyhood encounters with the priest, his occult wisdom and uncanny powers were spreading like brush fire throughout Ethiopia in 1930 as the country prepared to carry out Ras Tafari s vow that his coronation in November would be the grandest and most solemn that Africa had ever known. RIN 3/1989
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