The Hebrew name 'Babel' (i.e.
Babylon, see Genesis
11:9) means 'confusion'.
This loathed city was once the flourishing capital of
Babylonia, and was at its peak during the 6th century BC,
under King Nebuchadnezzar. It contained
Gardens, one of
the ancient wonders of the world.
But the numerous prophecies that foretold Babylon's
complete destruction (Isaiah
13, 14:1-23, 21:1-10, 47, and Jeremiah 50 and 51) have all been fulfilled. The
Babylon spoken of and frequently personified as a whore
in the book of Revelation is actually Rome.
Following the fall of Jerusalem, the Israelites were
taken into exile in Babylon, where they were oppressed
and scorned. Likewise, during the slave-trade, countless
Africans were stolen from their homeland and taken to the
Americas. Thus, in Rastafari, the name 'Babylon' has been
applied especially to America, and indeed to any
oppressive, racist society.
For examples of songs, see 'Mystery Babylon' by Peter Tosh, 'Rastaman Chant' as arranged and sung by the
Wailers, 'Rivers Of Babylon' by The Melodians, 'Babylon' by Messian Dread, and 'Blood Of The Prophets' by Max Romeo.
Check out also the following article about the Fall
Writing on the Wall, written by Esther Mitchell
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