Increasingly, as the Rastafarian ideology is adopted by White people who are inspired by its emphasis on unity and love, the concept of the great African homeland must necessarily take on a new meaning. Today, Africa is often seen as the birthplace of humankind, whether in trendy terms of the scientific theory of human evolution from apes, or in mythological and religious terms of the Garden of Eden. Modern science seems to increasingly confirm the view that every human being can ultimately trace their ancestors back to a primeval African dawn.
Rastafarian inspired reggae is often termed `roots reggae`. This undoubtedly is another indirect reference to Africa lying at the heart of our origins. As the saying goes: If you don`t know where you`re coming from, you won`t know where you`re going. The search for one`s roots is an acknowledgement of the wealth of one`s heritage, a due respect and gratitude for those who have gone before, and a rediscovering of what may have been lost.