The idea of return to Africa as the Promised Land is deeply embedded in the religious beliefs of Rastafarians. Giulia Bonacci, in her well-written and exhaustively researched book Exodus! Heirs and Pioneers: Rastafari Return to Ethiopia, chronicles the little-known history of Rastafari from the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom settling in Shashemene, Ethiopia, over the last five decades.
Bonacci’s writing style is accessible and engaging as she presents the compelling history of these pioneers. In the words of Jake Homiak, director of the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution, “This is unquestionably the most important book on Rastafari to appear in over a decade.”
Exodus! was originally published in French by Editions L’Harmattan, and this translation from the University of the West Indies Press makes the work available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The launch for Exodus! will be on Monday, August 17, 2015, at the Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, at 5:00pm.