In the Rastafarian religion, the Lion of Judah is an emblem of Ras Tafari, otherwise known as former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. According to Rastafarian belief, Selassie was the Messiah, the second coming of Christ referenced in the Book of Revelation:
“the hair of whose head was like wool, whose feet were like unto burning brass.”
Taken from the heraldic symbol of the biblical Tribe of Judah (from which Selassie is believed to have descended), the lion represents to Rastafarians Selassie as the “King of Kings,” as the lion is King; representing the lineage of the King from the Tribes of Israel. The emblem was once worn by the Emperor as a signet.
The standard carried in the lion’s mouth is the flag of Ethiopia, the crown that of the Emperor.
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