12.09.

1974: Haile Selassie Deposed

1974: Haile Selassie Deposed
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  • Historical event:
  • 12 September 1974
  • The Rastafarians, who were named after Selassie, thought that he was their messiah. However, Selassie was not a Rastafarian, but an Ethiopian Orthodox – the traditional religion of his dynasty.

The Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was member of the Solomonic dynasty, which had ruled Ethiopia since the 13th century.

It allegedly originated from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

Haile Selassie means “Power of the Trinity”, and that was the royal name of the Emperor.

He was born as Tafari Makonnen. When Selassie received his noble title, he became known as Ras Tafari Makonnen.

The Rastafarians, who were named after Selassie, thought that he was their messiah.

However, Selassie was not a Rastafarian, but an Ethiopian Orthodox – the traditional religion of his dynasty.

Haile Selassie was deposed during the military coup on this day. He died in prison in 1975.

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