MICHAL- THats a great painting by Rani Carson, I met her thru Fulfilled Rastafari in NewYork, we did a color study together!
My Jamaican-born EOTC Priest says the same, that HIM Haile Sellassie I is an ICON of Christ.
That 6th Century Icon is truly amazing resemblance of Haile Sellassie I!
Our Meriegieta tells of parish in Jamaica where some rasta proclaimed they were baptised in His Majesty's name, and how a fight broke out when the priests told them it was not so!
I am an Orthodox Christian, and yet I still consider myself a Rastaman. I sought after His Majesty and He led me to the EOTC where I was baptised AmdeBirhan over 3 yrs ago. I know Christ is God, and that His Majesty served Him in the FULLness. Many Rasta have come past the fleshly thinking of God being the Emperor (or vice versa) and have come to 'overstand' the Holy Trinity due to following the teachings of His Majesty and recieving this great Faith through the late great Abuna Yesehaq, whom he sent for us in the west.
We will commemorate Haile Sellassie's (July 23) and Abuna Yesehaq's (7/27) birthdays in our congregation - in the park, not in church- on the 25th of July, here in New Jersey.
God Bless them both, with all the Faithful servants of our Lord.