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Testament by Debbie Bragg

Thanks to dancehall stars like Sizzla, Capleton, and Turbulence, the awareness of a small Rastafarian sect known as Boboshanti has grown throughout the world. Sarah Bentley reports on the realities of life at the Bobo Hill enclave.


Outside the gates of Bobo Hill. 

 


The camp is painted almost entirely in red, gold, and green, the colors of the Ethiopian Flag. 

 


Boboshanti children roam freely around the camp. Girls are free until they reach puberty. 

 


Priests and ministers in prayer robes gather to reason with visitors on the Order of Boboshanti and the rules of Bobo Hill. 

 


Empress Phillis, age 51, moved to Bobo Hill 13 years ago. She finds salvation in the camp environment but professes she could not have lived here as a young woman. 

 


Priests chant psalms in Amharic and English three times a day on the site of the tabernacle, the camp's holy site. The tabernacle is currently being rebuilt after it was blown down by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. 

 


The drum of the Boboshanti Priests' chants. 

 


From birth, Boboshanti children's hair is grown into dreadlocks and covered. 

 


A sign displaying the Boboshanti teachings. 

 


Honorable Priest John, member of the drumming group, waits outside the guardhouse. 

 


Inside the guardhouse, Priest Linton Forrester takes a register of all visitors to Bobo Hill and makes a note of all donations to the camp. 

 


Minister of Culture, Honorable Priest Bobby schools visitors on camp rituals. 



Outside the Boboshanti enclave. 

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