Twelve Tribes of Israel (Rastafari)

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The Twelve Tribes of Israel is a religious group based in Kingston, Jamaica and considered one of the Mansions of Rastafari.

The group was formed in 1968.[1] Its founder Vernon Carrington is known as Prophet Gad or 'Gadman'. The twelve tribes are based on the twelve astrological zodiacal signs. Thus Bob Marley, an Aquarian, came from the Tribe of Joseph, the 11th of Jacob's 12 biblical children. Ijahman Levi is a Gemini, and Levi was the 3rd child. Another well known reggae group known to be adherents of this sect are Israel Vibration. Bob Marley was a member,[1] and by quoting a biblical text about Joseph on the album cover of Rastaman Vibration, was acknowledging his own support for this sect. Other artists associated with the group include Sangie Davis, Fred Locks, Little Roy, and Pablove Black.[1]

The group had an association with the Jah Love sound system in the 1970s.[1]

The group's headquarters are on Hope Road in Kingston.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "And Tribes Made Merry", Jamaica Observer, 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013

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