If Selassie were alive, that would make him 129 years old today, but for Rastas, since they believe him to be divine, that’s totally in the realm of possibility. Religion Facts reports that while Rastafarians don’t believe in an afterlife in the sense of souls going to heaven or hell, like in some Judeo-Christian teachings, they instead believe that true Rastas are immortal and they will return to Zion (Ethiopia) in their bodily forms to carry on their existence in peace and freedom from oppression in a concept called “everliving.” 

Rastafarians also accept the idea of reincarnation, according to the BBC, because they hold that life is unending for those who live the Rasta life. Rasta’s main focus is on life on earth, not in an afterlife. They view Jamaica, a land where they were taken to and enslaved, as hell, and because of Garvey’s teachings, the homeland of Africa is viewed as heaven. It’s a primary aspect of Rastafarian ideology that salvation can and should be found on Earth, according to the New World Encyclopedia. 

According to Re: Online, Rastafarians call death “transitioning” because they believe that it’s simply the consciousness moving to a new body, which also feeds into their belief that they are the Israelites reincarnated, or the chosen people. Because they eschew the idea of death so much, they do not have specific death rituals or funerals, per the BBC.