The Kebra Negast is often referred to as the Rastafarian Bible. It had been handed down from generation to generation orally in Rastafarian and West Indian culture. It contains a mix of the history and traditions of the Ethopian Orthodox faith which is similar in some ways to Orthodox Christianity. It documents the descent of the Ethiopian royal lineage from King David to Emperor Haile Sellassie 1 of Ethiopia. The Kebra Negast explains the transfer of the authority from Jerusalem to Ethiopia and the existence of the Israelite "ark of the covenant" in Ethiopia.

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