The Holy Piby – The Blackman’s Bible

The Holy Piby - The Blackman's Bible PDfThe Holy Piby also known as The Blackman’s Bible or The Holy Text of the Rastafari was first published in the U.S. in the 1920´s. The afrocentric text was written or compiled by Robert Athlyi Rogers of Anguilla and it was immediately banned because of its controversial content. The book proclaims a new religion by the name Afro-Athlican Constructive Gaathly, the foundation for what in the following years would evolve into Rastafarianism. A main point in the book is that Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense this means all black africans) are the true, God-chosen people of the Bible, and this message found a large audience among oppressed labors in South America, Panama and in the U.S. Robert Athlyi Rogers of Anguilla founded the Afro Athlican Constructive Church. The church preached self-reliance and self-determination and it proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist, an apostle. Today the Holy Piby is acclaimed by many Rastafarians as a primary source for their religious beliefs. The original of the book is extremely rare. No copies are listed in either the Library of Congress or the University of California catalogs.

 The Holy Piby

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