Rastafarianism

Nyabinghi

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Definition: Nyabinghi
Nighttime drumming and dance ritual held on Rasta holidays and special occasions.

The nyabinghi, or binghi for short, is a nighttime drumming and dance ritual held on Rasta holidays and special occasions.

Nyabinghis can last for several days and bring together hundreds of Rastafarians from all over Jamaica. They camp in tents on land owned by the host Rastas.

Formal dancing takes place at night in a tabernacle especially set up for the occasion. The Rastas sing and dance until the early hours of the morning. In the daytime, they "rest and reason."

Further Reading

  • McAlister, Elizabeth A.. “Rastafari.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. 17 December 2004. "Religious rituals include... "bingis" (all-night drumming ceremonies)."
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Title Nyabinghi
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Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/nyabinghi
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MLA Citation “Nyabinghi.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021. <religionfacts.com/nyabinghi>