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The Rastaman Vibration: With Bob Marley and Jamaican Patois. Includes Bibliographic Reference and Glossary

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Cultural Studies (Jamaica / Rastafari). 2. Linguistics (Jamaican Creole / Patois).

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Reference. 4. Music—Reggae. 5. West Indies: Caribbean—Jamaica. I. Title

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The Rastaman Vibration With Bob Marley And Jamaican Patois
The Rastaman
Vibration
With Bob Marley
And Jamaican Patois

Re-introducing———— the all time best ever Reggae-Rasta Movie—

ROCKERS!ROCKERS!ROCKERS!ROCKERS!

With Speak Jamaican Patois—the Complete Course!

Featuring the “Dancehall Explosion” with Popular Reggae/Ragga

Artists and Lyrics!

Jamaican Reggae-Rasta Culture and More!

By Ras Zuke

Special Thanks

Thanks are first given to Patrick Hulsey, producer of ROCKERS—for his endorsement of the inclusion of the movie in this book.

The Author gratefully acknowledges the following:

ReggaeSound.com for music lyrics.

RedRat.com for pictures and biography.

The many famous reggae artists that are in this book.

The many wonderful business owners in the Reggae, Rasta, and Jamaican business community.

To the Jamaican-Reggae-Rasta Internet World and to the many webmasters responsible for public information and pictures.

To the many photographers whose photos are appreciated.

Dr.

Suzar

Epps—for

her

great

and

informative

excerpts are contained in this book.

writings, which

To all the DJs and Selectas for their insights.

Preface

By reading this book, you shall feel the vibrations associated with Jamaica. You will understand Jamaica’s history, culture, and music. You shall also be enlightened on Jamaica’s most unique group of people—the Rastas. You will be taken through the essence of Rasta belief, ideology, and reasoning. Aside from learning about the Rastas who are the principal icons of Jamaican culture, you will become more familiar with Jamaicans in general.

This book begins by tracing man’s history as recorded in the Bible. After a new seed of “History” is understood and planted in your mind, you will become familiar with the origins and development of Rasta movement. You shall also know about the following: Dreadlocks, Ganja, the lineage of Judah, and the I-tal diet. You will also see that Rasta is simply a way of life.

Laced throughout various pages of this book, the words of Rasta- Prophet Bob Marley are in attendance for all to read and comprehend. An entire chapter is devoted to Bob Marley.

After the Bob Marley section, which follows the Rasta section, the reader will enter into the ROCKERS movie script. By following the chronological script and movie dialog, you will not only become familiar with the Rasta language, but you will also understand basic Jamaican-Rasta culture. Following the ROCKERS movie will allow you to experience a real Rastaman vibration.

The latter part of the book, which is non-Rasta related, is dedicated solely to understanding and speaking Jamaican Patois (Patwah). In soon time, you will be able to understand and speak Jamaican Patois. This book will give you a good taste for Jamaica and its people. This section incorporates many colorfully detailed elements of the Jamaican conversational language. Included in this book are common slang terms and popular Jamaican music lyrics from the current dancehall-reggae music era. The Speak Jamaican section is divided into many basic lessons and constitutes a complete language-learning experience.

In its fullness, this book will prove to be a great journey into Jamaica.

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Introduction………………………….……………………………….……Introduction………………………….……………………………….………………………………………Introduction………………………….……………………………….……Introduction………………………….……………………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7………………777

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The Rasta Creation, the Rasta Foundation, and the Rasta Vibration………….………… ……10 Marcus Garvey……….…………………………….……………………………….………….21

Rasta Beginnings: Leonard P. Howell………….……….…

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Dreadlocks……………………………………….……….………………….…………………24

Ganja—the Holy Herb {Weed of Wisdom}.……….…….….….………….………………….31

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The Nyabinghi—Word, Sound, and Power…… ……….………

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The Importance of Judah…….…….…….……………….……………….…………

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His Imperial Majesty’s 1966 Visit to Jamaica.………….………………

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Rasta and the Concept of Death……….…….………………………… ……

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The I-tal Diet—the diet of the living………….…………………………………….………….47 Moral Code…………………….……………………………………………………………….52

Rasta Essence……………………………………………….………………………………….53

Prelude to Rasta Speech……

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Through downpression comes Reggae—the music of truth … ……………………………

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PartPartPartPart Five……….………………………………………………Five……….……………………………………………………………………………………………………Five……….………………………………………………Five……….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………….……………….…………………………… ….196….196….196

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The Bob Marley Vibration…….……… ……………………………………………………

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Rockers the Movie….…….………………………….………………………………………

Interview with Patrick Hulsey—Producer of Rockers…… …

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The Dancehall Explosion {Ragga Music Vibration}……….……………………………… 196 Red Rat……………………………………………… …… …………………….200

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Yellowman…………………………………………………………………………………… 207 Shabba Ranks………………………………………………………………………………… 208

Spragga Benz………………………………………………………………………………… 210

Beenie Man……………………………………………… ……

Tanya Stevenson……………………………………………………………………

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Sean Paul……………………………………………………………………………

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Mr. Vegas……………………………………………………………………………………

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Mad Cobra……………………………………………… …… …………………214 Bounty Killa………………………………………………………………………………… 215

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Luciano {Rasta Dancehall Artist and

Capleton {Rasta / Bobo Dread Dancehall Artist}…………………………………

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Sizzla {Bobo Dread Artist}…………………………………………………………………

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Vybz Kartel………

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Mavado………………… ……….…………………

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Jah Cure……………………………………………….… ………………………….….……224 JamaicanJamaicanJamaicanJamaican PatoisPatoisPatoisPatois {Patwah}{Patwah}{Patwah}{Patwah} ReggaeReggae-ReggaeReggae--Rasta-RastaRastaRasta Glossary…….………Glossary…….…………Glossary…….………Glossary…….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… … 225 225.225.225

CountrymanCountrymanCountrymanCountryman {The Rare Reggae-Rasta Cult Classic Movie}…….……………….………………….……………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …238 …238…238…238

… Bibliography………………………………………………………Bibliography…………………………………………………………Bibliography………………………………………………………Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… … ….….241 ….….241….….241….….241

Introduction to “His Story”

Introduction to “His Story” Introduction to History The realization of many truthful things becomes evident with

Introduction to History

The realization of many truthful things becomes evident with deep mental penetration and constant introspection. True knowledge is said to occur through self-

realization. The time for realization is now. The time to understand our human history is now. The time to understand ourselves, also, is now. If the truth of our present-day situation is understood and comprehended, then we, who are seekers of truth, shall be the possessors of great knowledge. True knowledge is never freely given at hand. One must seek it. Only then, can we begin to unravel the truths of creation that are now considered mysteries.

History, as it is taught in English speaking systems and which is found in our educational books, is mostly biased literature. Thus, it is “His story”—the western world’s story.

The hand of God surely points to the East. The East is the location of creation and is the world’s current “Hot spot”. Both the Fertile Crescent and the Garden of Eden are in one general area. This area is known as the Cradle of Civilization (because it is where all life started) and the Holy Land (holy, because it was created by God in the beginning and holy, because it will be the stage of destruction in Last Days). This is prophecy! The study of the world’s current events unquestionably points to the East. Africa—Egypt— the Middle East—are all one. Even in India and Pakistan, which are also in this general locale, the tensions are strong enough to destroy millions through nuclear warfare. The happenings in these Eastern regions, which are now occurring, will affect all of earth’s people. No one can deny that these are the Last Days spoken of in many holy writings.

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The RASTA FOUNDATION,

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The Rasta Creation GENESIS: Beginning of Man beginning with Ham. Genesis 5: 32— “And Noah was

GENESIS:

Beginning of Man beginning with Ham.

Genesis 5: 32— “And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

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“And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the sons of Noah; and of them was the whole earth overspread.

9: 18,19—

It is claimed, by certain Christian possessors, that the Black race resulted from a curse from God. This curse, according to the Bible interpretation, Noah gave to his son Ham’s child Canaan. However, there is never a mention of skin color.

Gen 9: 21-25— “And he drank of the wine, an was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall be unto his brethren. And he said, blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

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And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

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The Rasta Creation Shem's descendants (son of Noah) became the Semitic peoples who settled parts of

Shem's descendants (son of Noah) became the Semitic peoples who settled parts of the Arabian Peninsula, including what now are Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon. Interestingly, the word Semite means half. To be sure, they are a mixture of Black. They are still, to this day, of a generally medium-brown complexion. Their languages include Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic—Jesus' native language. It would be through the lineage Shem that the Lord would establish his chosen people through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The descendants of Japheth, the youngest son of Noah, settled beyond Mesopotamia. They went over the European costs of the Mediterranean and settled along nearby places. They went into Turkey and from there, they moved into various places and into the Caucasus Mountains of Western Russia. From there, they further settled into Europe and Russia. They are the ancestors of the Caucasian people. The sons of Japheth are the Gentiles—the Whites. (Gen. 10:1-5.)

The word and name Ham (son of Noah) means “Heat” or “Hot” and may suggest environmental conditions and certainly the skin color of the posterity of Ham. Ham's descendants became the various dark-skinned peoples who settled the African continent and parts of the Arabian Peninsula. His sons were Cush, which name means “Black” in Hebrew, whose descendants settled in Ethiopia. Mizraim, whose descendants settled in Egypt and were described by ancient texts as Black. Phut’s descendants settled in Libya. Canaan’s descendants settled in Palestine. With this knowledge, we can conclude both Egypt and Ethiopia were surely inhabited by a Black or dark-skinned people. [The Cushites were the world’s first brick and stonemasons. Mason means “Child of the Sun.” Their work can be seen over Eastern Africa. They were the makers of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid at Giza.]

Some scholars suggest a euphemism, which suggests believing that a major sexual transgression took place
Some scholars suggest a euphemism, which suggests
believing that a major sexual transgression took place on the
part of either Ham or Canaan. Sexual transgression is placed
next to murder in a purely religious context. Murder, as
Bible readers remember, was first committed by Cain, who
“Rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him…And Cain
said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can
bear.” Cain was then “Cursed from the earth…and the Lord
set a mark upon Cain…” Some suggest that this “Mark” is
the skin of the Black man. Because Cain’s punishment was
greater he could bear, his posterity would then have to bear
punishment for him. It is further reasoned that this mark
serves as an identification of Cain’s children.

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The Rasta Creation So, does this mean that Black people are now the descendants of Cain?

So, does this mean that Black people are now the descendants of Cain? The answer is no! The reason for this is that they were all destroyed in the flood. Hence, unless you are Mormon, which are the only group of Christians that believe that Ham’s wife was a descendent of Cain, you cannot associate Black people with the curse of Cain.

However, we know that even in these days, white people base judgments and discriminate people of color with a notion that they are inferior. They assert that black skin and wooly hair are worthy to be enslaved. Meanwhile, the Bible makes divine and positive reference to wooly hair and brazen skin. [Daniel 7:9 …and the hair of his head like pure wool.] A head of white wool resembles a head an old Black man. [Rev 1:15…His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace.] Brass is generally dark. It would become even darker if burned in a furnace. [Rev. 4: 2-3…a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like jasper and a sardine stone.] These mentioned stones are chiefly dark.

Ancient Ethiopia and Egypt

To discuss Ancient Ethiopia without discussing ancient Egypt is impossible. They are known to be the same. The Word “Ethiopia,” as we now have it, is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word for “Black people.” In Greek, “Ethiop” means “Burnt” or “Black;” and when the Old Testament was translated form Hebrew to Greek, “Cush” was changed to “Ethiop.” An early eyewitness of the Egyptians was Herodotus, who according to his own words said, “The natives of the country were black with the heat”. On another occasion he stated, “They are black skinned and have wooly hair.” (Barrett, 72)

Since Ethiopia and Egypt are in the Land of Africa, then this awareness should guide humanity in looking to Africa for uncovering the true history of mankind. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23.) Psalms 68:31 reads, with importance, “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.” It is even suggested by many, that the Egyptian civilization was the very first civilization. Could it be that these people were Black? There is very strong evidence to suggest that they were Black.

The ancient Egyptians called themselves Kam or Kam-Au (Black people /Black- God people), and their country Kamit (or Khemit), both meaning land of the Blacks and the Black Land. The word Egypt is derived from the Greek word Aigyptos (or Aiguptos), which also means Black!

The Nose of the Sphinx

Reporting on the puzzle of the racial identity of the ancient Egyptians and first inhabitants of the area, Count C. Volney, a distinguished French scholar who visited

Egypt in the late 1700s, wrote with astonishment "

I visited the Sphinx, its

When

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The Rasta Creation appearance gave me the key to the riddle. Beholding that its head maintains

appearance gave me the key to the riddle. Beholding that its head maintains typically ”

Egyptians were true Negroes of the

Negro in all its features

same type as all native-born Africans.” The Sphinx's broad nose and full lips are evident in an early drawing of the then intact Sphinx that drew first attention in the 19 th century.

He later added "

The

Carved from a single rock, the Sphinx was a portrait of the Black Pharaoh Khafre (Cephren). When the Whites came to the ancient land, they blasted the nose of the Sphinx to purposely hide the blatant and undeniable evidence of Black achievement. With despiteful cannon fire, the nose and part of the lips are gone from the great Sphinx forever!

and part of the lips are gone from the great Sphinx forever! The Sphinx is only

The Sphinx is only one of many works of art that show us that Africans have been involved heavily in the development of the Earth since the beginning of man—the beginning of Ham.

At any rate, we can definitely say that a highly developed civilization existed as a Black race, known as the Egyptians. We must remember that Egypt and Ethiopia are both in Africa. Why is it that history (“His story”) writers and people of governments have taken great lengths to conceal the fact that the Blacks were perhaps the very first great civilization? Because, it is only by hiding this truth that one particular race (i.e. the White race) may claim to be superior. Only through research and mental reflection, we may know whose works have been for good and whose woks have been for evil. We can ask ourselves (for those of us living in America), “Whose story do we actually have? And who wrote the “His story” books that our government has supplied our youth?” Surely, they are of a particular bias. After all, the U.S. government will not supply books of history that make the White race (the sons of Japheth) seem evil and deceitful.

The Everlasting Covenant of Abraham

Gen 17: 1, 7-8 (See also Gen 12: 1-2)The Lord appeared to Abram (Abram was from Shem), and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be

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thou perfect…And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for and everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Abraham was commanded to leave to the land of Ur of the Chaldees and journey to Canaan (now Palestine), the land promised to him by God. The Chaldeans were an African people of Hamitic descendent. It was in this land that Abraham was born. Gen. 11:28. Abraham, carrier of the blessings that descended from Shem, was entered into a covenant with God. Upon his arrival, Abraham found the land of Canaan inhabited by Hamitic people. Gen. 15:18 clearly reaffirms the boundaries of the land to be inherited by Abraham, which was from, “The river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” Thus, from the Nile to the Euphrates includes the vast land of what now is the Middle East. Gen. 15:19-21 lists the Hamitic tribes people and nations that inhabited the region promised to Abraham.

The 12 Tribes of Israel

A thing to know is that Abraham is not from Ham but from Shem. However, the children of Shem, who are Abraham’s posterity, “Dwelt” with the children of Ham, the Canaanites, throughout the scriptures—becoming a truly mixed people. The great covenant of Abraham was passed to his chosen son Isaac, who was commanded not to marry a Canaanite. Gen. 24:3. Isaac, who at this time was the Prophet, had two sons Jacob and Esau. Jacob would be the chosen son and heir to the Covenant. Jacob, like his father Isaac, is also forbidden to marry a Canaanite. Gen. 28:1, 13-15. Jacob, whose name later was changed to Israel (Gen. 32:28 and Gen. 35: 9-12), had 12 sons. His 12 sons where born of different women and handmaids. Jacob’s first wives were Leah and then Rachel. Leah bears: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Rachel remains barren. Jacob marries Bilhah, a handmaid, and she bears Dan and Naphtli. Jacob then marries Zilpah, also a handmaid, and she bears Gad and Asher. Leah later bears two more sons, Issachar and Zebulon. Rachel finally bears Joseph and Benjamin. His 12 sons are the famous 12 Tribes of Israel. Now the important part is coming—Israel loved Joseph more than all of his children. Gen 37: 3. Joseph is now a key figure, which we shall discuss next.

Joseph marries a black woman begetting Ephraim and Manasseh

Here begins the story of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt by his brothers. “The Lord was with Joseph.” Joseph lived well among the Egyptians and even interpreted the dream of Pharaoh. Pharaoh gave Joseph to marry Asenath. This woman

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was the daughter of Potipherah priest of On—Egyptian, Hamitic, and Black. Gen. 41:

45, 50-52. His sons were Manasseh and Ephraim.

Gen. 42 The brothers of Joseph, who are the sons of Jacob (Israel), came into Egypt to buy food due to the famine in Canaan. There could not have been that much physical difference, e.g. skin color, between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Because when his brothers came into Egypt, they did not recognize him from the other Egyptians who were Black. (Gen. 42:8). They did not recognize him because Joseph had grown up among other Blacks. Therefore, the Egyptians were a Black or at least a dark-skinned people—just like Joseph. The brothers considered Joseph to be another Black Egyptian. We know this to be true because the ten brothers returned and reported to their father:

"The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us " Furthermore, if Joseph had been white, he would have stood out to the highest degree to his brothers—especially being a ruler in Egypt among other Blacks.

Later, Joseph makes himself known to his brothers. And within a few chapters, (Gen. 46) the Lord sends all of Israel into Egypt to live. Before Jacob (Israel) died, he adopted Ephraim and Manasseh, his Black grandchildren, as his own children—meaning that they could take full advantage of the Everlasting Covenant. Thus, the children of the Black lineage of Ham became one with Joseph. Gen. 48:5.

Exodus: The mixed race (Shem and Ham) of Israel is lead out of Egypt.

After the death of both Jacob and Joseph, “the children

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of Israel were fruitful, an increased abundantly, and multiplied, an waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over

Egypt, which knew not Joseph.” At this time, about 400 years of history passed since the death of Joseph. This new king realized the political power that the Israelites had gained. So, he put them into bondage to serve with rigor. Ex. 13-14. This is where the story of Moses comes into place. The king orders the killing of male Hebrew babies by casting them into the Nile River. This is where Moses was found floating in a basket. Pharaoh’s daughter, who realized that the baby was a Hebrew, found him and adopted him. If Moses had been a white baby, it would have been very difficult to conceal him from her father's anger and raise the boy to a grown man.

Without having to recount detailed Bible events, the time for Moses to lead the children of Israel would soon come. Surely, the Israelites intermarried with the native Black Egyptians in Egypt. This would account for the nation’s tremendous growth during their 400 plus years in Egypt. Remember, the “land was filled with them.” These where the children of Israel who were mixed with the Black seed of Ham—and they were a “mixed multitude.” Ex. 12: 38. So, finally after 430 years they would be lead out of Egypt. Ex. 40. The books from Exodus to the end of Deuteronomy

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contain the history of Moses. A further note you probably do not know—Moses was married to an Egyptian! (Numbers 12:1)

The King James Bible

Without really searching, one would never know how much of a part the Black people of the earth played during earth’s TRUE HISTORY. The uneducated would also never recognize that the Blacks are indeed the Children of Israel. Because of the way history is taught, many remain blind. I need not explain that the Europeans, including the Roman and British Empires, have presented history only in reference to their eyes—eyes of colonizers and enslavers. Even the common King James Bible is a translation that was intended not for Blacks or the other natives of the earth, but specifically for the “People of England” as it reads on the Bible’s preface page. By England having “The word of God,” they would use this mask for centuries to oppress and enslave millions of people for political power. Missionaries have been sent not to bless the lives of people of every nation (as the mask appears), but to Christianize and colonize. The heading on the preface page of the King James Bible reads:

TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE JAMESJAMESJAMESJAMES BY THE GRACE OF GOD KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &c.

[I am offering subtle implications toward this “Most high and mighty Prince James.” I am not, however, saying that the Bible is entirely falsely translated. Nevertheless, I would urge honest seekers to conduct their own research and seek other documents of history, which have not been produced under the rule of the white man. Other sources of Biblical information can be found in the Kebra Nagast, which is an African/Ethiopian reference maintained by African natives of Old Testament times. As the King James Bible is the Bible for the white man, the Kebra Nagast is the Bible for the black man. Both are historically similar, but the Kebra Nagast has a fuller history pertaining to Solomon’s Ethiopian wife, Queen Sheba, and their son Menelik, who maintained power, kingship, and the lineage of Judah.]

The proposal that the Bible has errors and corruptions are not new. Some maintain that under the early popes, white church scholars distorted the Amharic Bible in the translation and editing process to make God and His prophets seem Caucasian instead of Black. “We therefore reject Michelangelo’s painting representing Jesus and Mary with Blonde hair and blue eyes. This misrepresentation of the racial characteristics of Jesus and Mary by European artists (which also defies geography) is significant…” (Napti). We are still able, however, to uncover basic truths in the available Bible—as this section has done. With basic insight and reference, we can at least see that the Blacks—the children of Ham—played a key part of the rich heritage and history of the Old Testament.

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The Rasta Creation   Bob Marley speaks on the Bible and King James:   “See, Christ
 
 

Bob Marley speaks on the Bible and King James:

 

“See, Christ promised that he will return within 2000 years. And so when Him come, he will be the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah—through the lineage of King Solomon and King David. Now, my life have great meaning to me. So, I really search to find out if God is here. And I search and I look. I look in Ethiopia. I look all about. I look in Germany because I am not prejudiced. I look for God. I look in Ethiopia and I see one man stand up with these names, Emperor Haile Selassie, name King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, through the lineage of King Solomon and King David written in the Bible. One of my things is that…they say that King James edit the Bible, I don’t think he would edit it for the benefit of Black people. So, when the revelation turn out that Haile Selassie is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, straight through the lineage of King Solomon and King David, then you really know that this is the Christ return. Because we know in this world that when the white man edit, he wouldn’t edit it in our behalf. He would more edit it and make it look like England would be the big thing. But in the Last Days, it prove that it’s Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, you know, and Haile Selassie name is Rasta. So, we are called Rasta—called by his name.” 1980.

Haile Selassie, you know, and Haile Selassie name is Rasta. So, we are called Rasta—called by

The Tribe of Judah—The line of Christ through King David—in Ethiopia.

Judah was one of the 12 tribes of Israel (from Shem). Judah had a Canaanite (Hamitic and Black) wife, Tamar. 1 Chronicles 2: 3. Now, Judah and Tamar had a son, Pharez. It would be through Pharez that King David would come. Ruth 4: 12-22. Now, this is as far as we need to go. For it is established that the line of Christ was through David from the tribe of Judah. This signals great importance because it shows that there was a Black presence in the lineage of Jesus. Christ is known as the “KINGS, LORDS OF LORDS, CONQUERING LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, ELECT OF GOD, AND EARTHS RIGHTFUL RULER.”

The Rasta Creation

The Rasta Creation David of Judah is very important because the Lord promised a great deal

David of Judah is very important because the Lord promised a great deal through his line. Gen. 49: 8-12 Apart from Jesus being from the tribe of Judah, there came another King from the same tribe—Haile Selassie. Haile Selassie came to fulfill prophesy to "Sit on the Throne of King David" through the lineage of King Solomon and the union of the Queen of Sheba. Selassie was the one who opened the book with seven seals, which is spoken of in Revelation 5. This “Opening” was the teaching specifically against the racism, injustice, and human oppression that plague our current world.

In the time of King Solomon, who was the son of King David, Queen Makeba ruled over the empire of Sheba, which consisted of Ethiopia, Egypt, and parts of Persia. The Queen visited the wealthy and wise Solomon in Jerusalem. (1 Kings 10). Solomon converted her to the God of Abraham; she had until then worshipped the Sun in the person of Ra, the Sun god. When she returned to her land, Queen Makeba (also known as Queen Sheba) changed the religion of her empire to Judaism—she was black!

On her return, the Queen was pregnant with Solomon’s son. (It is amazing to really see how many Black marriages there were within the House of Israel.) She had promised him that if she bore a son, she would send the boy to Jerusalem for instruction by his father. Accordingly, her son, Menelik journeyed as a young man to meet Solomon. Menelik swore to his mother that, as heir and successor to the kingdom, he would return to Ethiopia. When Menelik was leaving Jerusalem, King Solomon saw to it that the sons of his priests accompanied him. Solomon wanted to ensure that the religion of Abraham would continue in Ethiopia. As a result, this religion existed there in an undiluted form— as it does today.

During the time of early Christianity, Paul, the Apostle, converted an Ethiopian eunuch to Christianity. This eunuch was clearly a respected rabbi of Orthodox Judaism. When he returned to Ethiopia, he converted the country to Christianity.

Thus began the Ethiopian Orthodox Church—a pure form of Christianity that keeps its connection with its Judaic and Egyptian pasts. The kings of Ethiopia were descended from Solomon, son of King David. This church had considerable influence on the 225th king, who descended directly from King David through King Solomon and Queen Sheba’s son. This member of Ethiopian royalty was Ras Tafari Makonnen, whose coronation name became Emperor Haile Selassie—the first!

It is from this time forward that the Jamaicans, who were looking for a redeemer from the constant oppression of the white man, labeled Haile Selassie the Lord—Jah. Jah is the basic name for Lord, which comes from the name Jehovah. Select Jamaicans believed that Emperor Selassie held for himself the sacred titles spoken of in the Bible, which most reserve for the advent of the second coming of Christ. The Jamaicans who believed that Haile Selassie was God became known as Rastas. To Rastas, Selassie was the returned Messiah, the Black Christ, whose ascension to the Throne of David, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ushered in the new order of Black attentiveness and rule.

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The Rasta Creation Ras Tafari— Haile Selassie, the first. The Bible speaks of the Lord coming
The Rasta Creation Ras Tafari— Haile Selassie, the first. The Bible speaks of the Lord coming

Ras Tafari— Haile Selassie, the first.

The Bible speaks of the Lord coming in a new name to a New Jerusalem. (Rev. 3:12). This new name came into effect on November 2, 1930 in the New Jerusalem—Ethiopia (Zion). This was the day of coronation of Ras Tafari to the new name of Haile Selassie, meaning “Might of the Trinity,” to which was added “King of Kings, Lord of Lord, Conquering Lion of Judah, Elect of God, and Light of this World.” No longer a lamb to the slaughter, as Christ was, but a Conquering Lion. It is believed by Rastas that the new name of the Lord is none other than His Imperial Majesty—Haile Selassie. Thus, he is Jah (LORD) Ras Tafari. Selassie is Christ—in His new name!

It was with the following scripture, Revelation 5: 2-5, that the Rastas proclaimed his divinity.

“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice: who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, … was able to open the book, neither to look thereon…And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof.“

Psalms 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to His name:

extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before Him.”

H.I.M.'s (His Imperial Majesty’s) claim to the throne of Solomon makes him a lineal descendant of King David. It was through this same lineage that paved the way for Jesus Christ to enter 2000 years earlier. The Rastas say the Jesus is one and the same with Selassie but of "An earlier dispensation."

Baby Ras Tafari Makonnen.

say the Jesus is one and the same with Selassie but of "An earlier dispensation." Baby

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The Rasta Creation Some say that H.I.M. even looks like the early Jesus. Close examination of

Some say that H.I.M. even looks like the early Jesus. Close examination of Selassie, reveals that his complexion is neither extremely black nor white. He is “One in all.”

neither extremely black nor white. He is “One in all.” Revelation 19: 16— AndAndAndAnd hehehehe hathhathhathhath
neither extremely black nor white. He is “One in all.” Revelation 19: 16— AndAndAndAnd hehehehe hathhathhathhath

Revelation 19: 16—

AndAndAndAnd hehehehe hathhathhathhath onononon hishishishis vesturevesturevesturevesture andandandand onononon hishishishis thighthighthighthigh aaaa namenamenamename written,written,written,written, KINGKINGKINGKING OFOFOFOF KINGS,KINGS,KINGS,KINGS, ANDANDANDAND LORDLORDLORDLORD OFOFOFOF LORDS.LORDS.LORDS.LORDS.

Selassie-I is the king of kings’ pon ert (earth). Now, which guy pon di ert is rich like di king of kings? —Bob Marley.

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The Rasta Creation Garvey—Precursor to the Rasta Rasta is the movement that accepts His Imperial Majesty,

Garvey—Precursor to the Rasta

Rasta is the movement that accepts His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie-I, as Divine. Jamaican born Marcus Garvey, who said to the people, “Look to Africa for a crowing of a Black King; he shall be the Redeemer.” These were the words of prophecy that started a fire in the hearts and souls of Black people. This fire urged the people to repatriate, or return home, to Africa. This was the awakening of the Ras Tafari movement.

Africa. This was the awakening of the Ras Tafari movement. Garvey continues to be a Prophet

Garvey continues to be a Prophet in the hearts of Rastas. For he was the one who pointed the way. As John the Baptist pointed to Christ, Marcus Garvey pointed to the redeeming King, who would be Haile Selassie, Ras Tafari, of Ethiopia. Although Garvey did not know who this king would be, he felt, with a surety, that a king would arise out of Africa and that he would be Black.

“In Jamaica, Black men have no special advantages. You are slated to be a cowhand or laborer, a blacksmith or shoemaker. I looked an the system man picks for me and I said, this does not suit Me.” –M.M.Garvey

Only a few thought along these same lines. Most Jamaicans did not question the rigid social hierarchy based on color and race. Their lives were working solely for the benefit of Great Britain—the great colonizers. Only a few worked up the ranks of the strict social order to become tradesman or skilled workers.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born in Jamaica under Colonial British rule in 1887. Garvey became devoted to improving conditions for the Black people. In 1907, he led a printer's strike in Kingston, Jamaica. Later, he toured Central and South America to organize plantation laborers. In 1912, he went to London. Here he met Blacks from many nations and became fascinated by African history and culture. Returning to Jamaica in 1914, Garvey established the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation

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The Rasta Creation Association (UNIA) and the African Communities League. His adventures in life, however, proved

Association (UNIA) and the African Communities League. His adventures in life, however, proved to be tough. Garvey continues to hold the position of Prophet in the hearts of Rastas. For he was the one who pointed the way. As John the Baptist pointed to Christ, Marcus Garvey pointed to a redeeming African King, who would be Haile Selassie, Jah Ras Tafari.

Although Garvey did not know who this king would be, he felt, with a surety, that he would arise out of Africa and he would be Black. In 1916, Garvey moved to the United States and settled in New York City. There he incorporated the UNIA and started a weekly newspaper, the Negro World. A persuasive orator and author, Garvey urged American Blacks to be proud of their race and preached their return to Africa, their ancestral homeland. To this end, he founded the Black Star Line in 1919 to provide steamship transportation, and the Negro Factories Corporation to encourage black economic independence. Garvey attracted thousands of supporters and claimed two million members for the UNIA. However, later he suffered a series of economic disasters and was arrested for mail fraud in 1922. At his trial, Garvey served as his own defense attorney. Probably never standing a chance in a white court, he was jailed in 1925. His sentence was commuted two years later and was immediately deported back to Jamaica. Unable to resurrect the UNIA or regain his influence, Garvey moved to London, where he died without fame in 1940. A symbol of the determination of Blacks to win respect

and recognition, he said of himself, "I am only the forerunner of an

awakened Africa that shall never go back to sleep."

“Marcus

Garvey

was

a

prophet, mon. Marcus Garvey tell us to look to di east to da King. And lot of ting Marcus Garvey say. And lot of ting come to pass, and some still leave, and everyone see it. ‘Mean, get more stronger you know, is really caz everyting weh ‘im say in dem time a happen today—and everyone a see it happening. It well played.” Bob Marley

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The Rasta Creation Rasta Beginnings — Preacher Leonard P. Howell Just as the Rasta movement was

Rasta Beginnings — Preacher Leonard P. Howell

Just as the Rasta movement was escalating, Marcus Garvey moved in London in 1933. Garvey’s association with the Rasta movement, consequently, was non-existent. Garvey, however, never adopted the belief that Haile Selassie was God. Marcus Garvey was the one who got the Black masses to first realize the importance of Africa. It was Leonard Howell that recognized and really started the Rasta movement. Howell was the one who took the crowing of the new king seriously and started to preach the divinity of Haile Selassie-I. He realized that the time to “Look to Africa” had come, in 1930, when Ras Tafari was crowned “King of Kings.” Howell started to preach throughout Jamaica. Howell listed the following six basic principles that penetrated the hearts of new Rasta recruits, but soon was arrested:

1. Hatred for the White race. (From the basis of slavery, oppression, injustice, and lies.)

2. The complete superiority of the Black race. (To give the Black race hope and determination.)

3. Revenge on Whites for their wickedness.

4. The negation, persecution, and humiliation of the government and legal bodies of Jamaica.

5. Preparation to go back to Africa.

6. Acknowledging Emperor Haile Selassie as the Supreme Being and only ruler of Black people.

Without a doubt, Leonard P. Howell started the Rasta movement in Jamaica and he is regarded as the founding Rasta father. He was the first to publicly denounce the British Government, who at the time was King George VI. Charged for disturbing the peace, he was the first to defend the divinity of H.I.M. Haile Selassie-I. For this, he was imprisoned for two years. A true Rasta pioneer, he was the first to hoist the red, gold, and green Ethiopian flag in Jamaica.

A few years later, he established a Rasta community in the hills of St. Catherine, Pinnacle Estate, where he was a thriving ganja farmer. In this first Rasta community, the several thousand members would enjoy regular African style drumming, dancing, and chanting. The established and esteemed leaders of the Rastas became “Elders” who created the Nyabinghi Order, which, among other spiritual things, is a three part drum rhythm accompanied by the smoking ganja and the singing chants of righteous anger against oppressors.

The true nature of their cries against oppression was that they, the Black people, had been taken from their Fathers land, sold into slavery and were now living in Hell. Their voice was to oppose the notion of white supremacy, human exploitation, and the corrupt system of the British government—Babylon.

It was over the next twenty years that the Rasta movement really emerged in Jamaica. It was at this time that the Rastas re-established the ancient Biblical practice of uncombed hair—dreadlocks. It was at this time that words of truth were spoken against the establishments of the evil government— Babylon. It was also at this time that the Holy Herb was known to the Rastaman as being the “Healing of the nation.”

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks Dreadlocks Dreadlocks Rasta Prophet—Bob Marley “I am a Rasta. I need Black roots.

Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks Dreadlocks Dreadlocks Rasta Prophet—Bob Marley “I am a Rasta. I need Black roots.

Dreadlocks Rasta Prophet—Bob Marley

“I am a Rasta. I need Black roots. Someone has to keep the roots.” Marley grabbed one of his dangling dreadlocks and exclaimed, "This must have some meaning for us, for

why we do it." BOB MARLEY, 1980

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It is known that an ancient Indian mendicant named Shiva (who became part of the Hindu godhead) had uncombed dreadlocks down to his heels. Shiva meditated while smoking hashish in a chillum pipe. Some think that the Sadhus, who devote their life by worshipping Shiva, are the reason and influence of the start of dreadlocks in Jamaica. [Current followers of Shiva, named Sadhus, have dreadlocks and smoke hash similar to the Rastas.] Nevertheless, to the Rastas, the Nazarite vow of the Old Testament continues to be the true Rasta source of the uncombed and uncut dreadlocks. AllAllAllAll thethethethe daysdaysdaysdays ofofofof thethethethe vowvowvowvow ofofofof hishishishis separationseparationseparationseparation THERETHERETHERETHERE SHALLSHALLSHALLSHALL NONONONO RAZORRAZORRAZORRAZOR COMECOMECOMECOME UPONUPONUPONUPON HISHISHISHIS HEAD:HEAD:HEAD:HEAD:

untiluntiluntiluntil thethethethe daysdaysdaysdays bebebebe fulfilled,fulfilled,fulfilled,fulfilled, inininin thethethethe whichwhichwhichwhich hehehehe separatseparatethseparatseparatethetheth himselfhimselfhimselfhimself untountountounto thethethethe Lord,Lord,Lord,Lord, hehehehe shallshallshallshall bebebebe holy,holy,holy,holy, andandandand shallshallshallshall letletletlet thethethethe lockslockslockslocks ofofofof thethethethe hairhairhairhair ofofofof hishishishis headheadheadhead grow.”grow.”grow.”grow.”

Numbers 6:5.

“His head is as the most fine gold, his Locks are

bushy, and black as a raven.” (Songs of Solomon 5:11 emphasis added.)

Perhaps the most familiar feature of Rasta culture is the growing and keeping of dreadlocks—uncombed and uncut hair that knots and mats into distinctive locks. One notion regarding the origin of the locks was that certain Jamaicans copied the Hindu holy men who came to Jamaica from India as indentured laborers in the late 19th century. However, through Bible research and further references pertaining to dreadlocks and hair, one can be assured that various people in Bible times did not comb or cut their hair. These people, which were set apart from normal society, were part of a religion made under the Lord’s instruction. They were spiritual men guided by the Lord. Such a person is Samson, from the Bible, whose power came from his uncut hair. Samson had seven locks (Judges 16: 19). Dreadlocks are regarded as an ancient Christian rite. Many

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The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks believe that numerous people Biblical characters had dreadlocks. Among the ones believed

believe that numerous people Biblical characters had dreadlocks. Among the ones believed to have dreadlocks is John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth.

A White Dread.

is John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. A White Dread. A Rasta peering into Babylon.

A Rasta peering into Babylon.

of Nazareth. A White Dread. A Rasta peering into Babylon. A Native Jamaican Dreadlocks. Ras Benji.

A Native Jamaican Dreadlocks.

A Rasta peering into Babylon. A Native Jamaican Dreadlocks. Ras Benji. Photo by Jake Homaik. Smithsonian
Ras Benji. Photo by Jake Homaik. Smithsonian Institute.

Ras Benji. Photo by Jake Homaik. Smithsonian Institute.

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks . 26 “Skully” from Israel Vibration

A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks.

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks . 26 “Skully” from Israel Vibration
The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks . 26 “Skully” from Israel Vibration

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“Skully” from Israel Vibration.

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks . 26 “Skully” from Israel Vibration
The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Sadhu (Shiva worshipper) with long locks . 26 “Skully” from Israel Vibration

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Rasta enjoying an I-tal lunch. A Rasta from the Abyssinians . Spirituality

A Rasta enjoying an I-tal lunch.

A Rasta from the Abyssinians.

Spirituality of Dreadlocks

“There's no such thing as ‘bad hair’ when it’s in its natural state. Jah bless you with the hair you have, how dare you make mockery of him by saying that someone has ‘bad hair’ when it is natural. Bad hair only occurs when it has been altered or tampered

with to the point where it is no longer naturally healthy. Excessive heat, perming, dying,

anything that seeks to remove the natural, tight curl out

of the hair by chemical or excessive heat can damage your hair. Most people that want to grow locks should have in mind the fears and premonitions that may come along with going natural. That fear is a good thing, it helps to bring that person to accept what they

have, and dealing with it instead of trying to change it. (Isn't that ironic though? Many people would rather compromise to change before trying to understand and accept!)” (http://www.geocities.com/coolpoete/dreadlocks.htm.)

washing, treating, hot combing

Dreadlocks are growing in societies around the world. Some people grow dreadlocks to be stylish or to be part of some popular sub-culture. Such vain pursuits will only damage the soul of the locks wearer. Most people’s impression of dreadlocks is one of disgust. Therefore, one who grows his or her locks must do so with deep and honest intentions based on truth. The truth must be buried within. The spiritual roots of dreadlocks must grow like a tree. Over the years of dreadlock growth, one will be firmly planted and stable in life. The following three truths are necessary for establishing a firm foundation in being a dreadlocks Rasta.

Ras Tafari is God.

Natural is better.

Babylon will fall.

Ras Tafari is God. Natural is better. Babylon will fall. One who wears locks becomes a

One who wears locks becomes a “Locksman” and is part of a totally natural and sacred rite. (See Leviticus 21:5) Dreadlocks are so natural that the typical “Civilized” person cannot comprehend or bear to see such an innate part human nature.

“Dreadlocks are a symbol of humans in their natural state.”

Although they should not be feared, as the word “Dread” may suggest. There is a sphere of seriousness and righteousness to the whole idea. Dreadlocks are a

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks demonstration and symbolic voice against organizations and governments of oppression. In

demonstration and symbolic voice against organizations and governments of oppression. In essence, dreadlocks are a manifestation and devotion of truth.

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The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks A Nepali Sadhu reading scriptures and meditating. If standing, his dreadlocks would

A Nepali Sadhu reading scriptures and meditating. If standing, his dreadlocks would reach the earth!

If standing, his dreadlocks would reach the earth! In Jamaica, Ras Daniel Hartman overlooks a young

In Jamaica, Ras Daniel Hartman overlooks a young dread below. Later, his dreads enjoy a soaking at the beach.

dread below. Later, his dreads enjoy a soaking at the beach. Here, a Jamaican Rasta washes

Here, a Jamaican Rasta washes his dreads in the river rocks.

Great unity exists between a dreadlocks father and his son.

a Jamaican Rasta washes his dreads in the river rocks. Great unity exists between a dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks

The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks The Divinity and Energy of Dreadlocks According to the Bible, where God or

The Divinity and Energy of Dreadlocks

According to the Bible, where God or the "Ancient of Days" is described as

having "Hair like the pure wool." (Dan. 7:9) “ The Power that causes galaxies to spiral, and planets & atoms to spin; that causes the double helix spiral of the DNA molecules -

this same spiraling power causes spiraling hair

curly, frizzy, wavy, WOOLLY hair! The words, SPIN, SPIRAL, and SPIRITUAL have common roots! The Supreme Power spins; spirals; it is spiritual. It moves or spirals the universe! The entire universe dances in spirals and rotations; everything in it reflects the "SPIRaling, SPIRitual" essence out of which it is made! The "SPIRal," especially the

Golden Spiral, is simultaneously the most profound motion and design in the universe - built into all life forms, from seashells to man, to spiraling nappy hair! Your blood spirals through your veins! Plants spiral up from the soil! And nappy hair spirals out from the hair roots! Ball your hand into a fist and slowly extend each finger and you will see for yourself how the tip of each finger opens in a golden spiral path! Straight-haired people also have a spiral on their heads, visible as a whorl pattern with its center in the back of the head, where their straight hair grows out slanting in the whorl's direction. Wooly haired people have both, the whorl pattern and the individually spiraling strands of

helical, coiled, spring-like, nappy hair

otherwise known as NAPPY, kinky,

the choice of the gods!” (Epps)

High Tension Wires

kinky, the choice of the gods!” (Epps) High Tension Wires Hair is really antennae , which

Hair is really antennae, which can receive and transmit energy! A vital benefit that these naturally amplified and tightly packed antennas bring are that they allow for sharper perceptions and can alert the brain to sense unseen dangers. A Rastafarian explains that dreadlocks are, “A quality of Black people that are high-tension wires, which transmits divine energy and inspiration from Jah [God], the creator, to Rasta, the mirror." (Nichols)

Becoming a Dreadlocks Rasta

“So I an I sight then that within such manner of man chanting to I an I, I an I couldn’t turn them away. Yet when I an I dreadlocks even chant and say the man is a spy…now I an I dreadlocks would have to find out the truth. Jah say I an I must test the man when them come to I an I, and know what Irie [goodness] dwell in the man…So when you come ‘mongst I an I dreadlocks, you have fi take what sounds you get because you have on the shape and features of a beast. But when the man dread up within certain knowledge now, then I an I can accept you as a man who has taken the step towards the integrity of the King of Kings of the Iternal one of creation.” (Rastafari, 212)

Anyone can grow dreadlocks for his or her own reasons. Some may do it superficially for fashion or popularity. However, the essence of a true dreadlock Rasta is to, one, accept your own nature and, two, take a step towards integrity.

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The Rasta Foundation—Dreadlocks Mortimer Planno speaks on Bob Marley’s Dreadlocks Mortimer Planno is a highly esteemed

Mortimer Planno speaks on Bob Marley’s Dreadlocks

Mortimer Planno is a highly esteemed Rasta Elder who had been selected to greet H.I.M. Haile Selassie-I (Ras Tafari) during his arrival at Kingston airport on April 21, 1966. Planno was Bob Marley’s Rasta teacher and instructed Bob in the arcane truths of the movement. This chief Rasta is also versed in the practicalities of life. He also became the Wailers' manager (for a period), coordinating their careers, arranging studio sessions, ECT.

coordinating their careers, arranging studio sessions, ECT. “Bob exposes op-pol-lied violence—as dis white man mash

“Bob exposes op-pol-lied violence—as dis white man mash yu and tell yu, ‘excuuuse me sir!’ Bob exposes dat. Deese are di messages we wanted Bob to expose—worldwide—to his generation. Like in dis album now, (pointing to cover of Catch A Fire) if yu look pon him locks, him did’n develop his locks dat could beat di world wit, zeen? It was only growing. And dem could’n tek dat lick off dat whip—di locks whip! So dem haffi get at him head quick, yu know wa’I mean, and stop it

from grow.” —Mortimer Planno

(Film footage and words from Catch A Fire DVD, 1999)

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja Ganja—The Holy Herb Rasta Coconut Chalice. Derminte and Bongo Stephan with chalice. “

Ganja—The Holy Herb

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja Ganja—The Holy Herb Rasta Coconut Chalice. Derminte and Bongo Stephan with chalice. “

Rasta Coconut Chalice.

Ganja—The Holy Herb Rasta Coconut Chalice. Derminte and Bongo Stephan with chalice. “ We use cannabis

Derminte and Bongo Stephan with chalice.

Coconut Chalice. Derminte and Bongo Stephan with chalice. “ We use cannabis ya know? We use

We use cannabis ya know? We use

di herb. Herb is di healing of the

nation. Like how is the destruction

of mankind, herb is the healing of

the nation. Da more you accept herb is the more yu accept Rastafari, yu dig wa mi a say? Wi ooo accept herb, herb is important but herb is more important to the people ooo don’t accept yet—becaa dat’s the reality, I mean, a not similar to something you crave, but you check it inna yu sense and say, “herb is a plant!” I mean herb is good for everything. Why deese people ooo want fi do so much good fi everyone ooo call dem self governments and dis and dat—why dem say yu must not smoke di herb? Ya see? And we check dat

and we kyaan find, we just see dem just say yu muss’n use it ‘caa it mek

yu rebel—against what?” —Bob Marley

Bob Marley in a cloud of inspiration.

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The Rasta Foundation—Ganja Chief Arguments Ganja is illegal in Jamaica. However, Rastas know there is nothing

Chief Arguments

Ganja is illegal in Jamaica. However, Rastas know there is nothing wrong its use. They feel that when the government attacks people because of ganja, such an attack must be motivated by the desire to suppress the people. Below are words of REASONING taken from members of the Jamaican YOUTH BLACK FAITH. They were the group of Rastas central to institutionalizing of ganja and dreadlocks in early Rasta movement:

“We don’t count ganja as a criminal offense. We show the policeman at all times that we [would] rather if you destroy us. For God says, “The evil things ‘pon this earth is the hand-made things.” These are the things that brought up falsehood ‘pon the people, those is the things that destroy the people. So, this is not the things that hand-made, this is God natural creation, and it always virtuous to show the man the Bible and Revelation 22: “the herb that bear the various fruits, the leaf of it shall be the healing of the nation” and in Psalms 104, him says, “All the herbs that bearing seeds upon the land is made for man.” So this is the chief argument we always confront them whenever we have an attack by the police. Yet, them never listen to it.” (Chevannes, 157)

The use of ganja may very well be the most dominant and well-known force in the movement's religious ideology, as well as the most controversial. Its use is founded in the Bible. Ganja, which is known as the "Holy herb,” took on the role of a religious sacrament for the Rastas as the movement gathered speed in the 1930's. Its public smoking symbolized protest towards the oppressive power structure of Babylon, which had deemed its use illegal. Rasta reasoning is continuous in the confidence that there is nothing wrong with the use JAH-GIVEN GANJA. Therefore, if the government attacks and suppresses citizens for the use of naturally grown and harmless ganja, then the government’s main motivation must be to downpress and control the people. In the eyes of Rastas, such a lawmaking stance of the government is a reflection of slavery. Any evil realm that oppresses the people, by depriving them of their rights, is known as Babylon.

The term ganja refers to the ancient plant herb scientifically known as Cannabis Sativa, which Linnaeus, the father of botany, named in 1753. The name of ganja comes from India, where the use of ganja has been known for centuries for its enormous benefits in industry, economy, medicine, and spiritual meditation. In the United States, the Cannabis plant played a major part in the early development of the country. It made for ideal clothes, ropes, glues, fibers, and oils. Even the original U.S. flag was wholly constructed of hemp—it was very fabric of the country! It was also a major trade commodity. Although the part of hemp associated with fabric is different form the part used in smoking, one can see that hemp is a versatile product of our earth. The top flowering buds of the female plant are the part of the plant that is used for smoking.

From industry to spirituality, Cannabis is the solution!

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja “ Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the

country” –Tomas Jefferson

The early Americans (the rebelled British colonizers who simply colonized the Indian’s land and called it the United States) used cannabis as a medicine—it was the most prescribed medicine (next to aspirin) from 1840 to 1893.

Brief Hemp Facts:

The original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on hemp paper. Hemp was used for money in America until the early 1800’s. Henry Ford built and powered a car from hemp. The United States government encouraged farmers to grow hemp to help win WWII. Over a hundred medicines are used from the cannabis plant. The hemp seed is nature’s perfect food, packed with protein and essential fatty acids. (Robinson, The Great Book of Hemp.)

So, why is practical and beneficial Cannabis condemned?

Simply put; Babylon, who is the oppressive and controlling force of society, does not want it anymore! They have found a new industry that brings in more money—a chemical industry and economy. They have thrown away the notion that people should use natural products from our Mother Earth and have instituted an almost completely chemical system of life. The newly found goldmine and agenda of business is in petrochemicals and various chemical drugs (as prescribed by “Doctors”). Perhaps they know that in addition to feeding, healing, and enlightening humanity, cannabis can help save the earth and solve vast ecological problems, including deforestation. However, the very existence and essence of Babylon is to oppose that which is good and natural.

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The Rasta Foundation—Ganja

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja Ganja: The Weed of Wisdom While its use is largely connected with Rastas,

Ganja: The Weed of Wisdom

While its use is largely connected with Rastas, ganja use among Jamaicans was by no means unique to the Rastafarian movement. Before Rasta emergence in the 1930's, native Jamaican herbalists used ganja as a folk medicine, particularly in teas and in smoking mixtures with tobacco. Although its use had been prohibited very early in Jamaica, most peasants had no knowledge of its illegality. With the emergence of the Rastas, however, the smoking of the herb came to take on new significance. (Swagga).

Ganja is regarded as "Wisdom weed.” Rasta leaders urge ganja to be smoked as a religious rite, further saying that it was found growing on the grave of King Solomon. Citing biblical passages, such as Psalms 104:14, Rastas attest to its sacramental

properties: "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man, that he may bring forth food out of the earth."

For the Rastas, whose beliefs do not necessarily form a religion per se, but actually a way of life, the smoking of the herb symbolizes much more than an attempt by the movement to, "Show its freedom from the laws of the Babylon." Rather, it is an intensely religious experience and the key to a new understanding of the self, the universe, and God.

According to a leading Rasta, “Man basically is God, but this insight can only come to man with the use of the herb. When you use the herb, you experience yourself as God. With the use of the herb, you can exist in this dismal state of reality that now exists in Jamaica. You cannot change man, but you can change yourself by the use of the herb. When you are God, you deal or relate to people like a God. In this way you let your light shine, and when each of use lets his light shine, we are creating a God-like culture and this is the cosmic unity that we try to achieve in the Rastafarian community.” Ras Sam Clayton,

1975.

According to Rastas, the average Jamaican is so brainwashed by colonialism that his entire system is programmed wrong. His response to the world is conditioned by unseen forces due to European acculturation, and can only be "Loosened up" by the herb. The use of the herb results in a true revelation of Black consciousness, which brings about the proper love for the Black race. With ganja use, one's true African identity can finally be realized. One will also know that the revelations pertaining to Haile Selassie are true and that Ethiopia is the home of the Black people.

“For the Rastafarians, then, the smoking of the herb is both a reactionary device to society, freeing the follower from the establishment, and a religious sacrament, enabling the Rastafarian a oneness with both God and himself. Today, however, as he or she recites the prayer preceding the lighting of the herb: Glory be to the

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja Father and to the maker of creation as it was in the beginning

Father and to the maker of creation as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end: Jah Rastafari: Eternal God, Selassie-I”. (Swagga).

Devout Rastas do not drink alcohol, especially Jamaican rum, nor smoke cigarettes. Most people would agree that alcohol has contributed more to the destruction of society than the smoking of ganja. The reason that Rastas are against rum is because rum is the resident alcohol of Jamaica and many have seen its negative social effects. Rum (or any alcohol for that matter) can make you sick and/or violent, whereas ganja can heal and offer peace.

“Rum mosh up your insides. Just kill ya, like the system. System don’t agree with herb because herb make ya too solid. Y’see, when ya smoke herb ya conscience come right in front of ya. Ya see it. Y’see? So, the devil he no like it if ya stay conscience and clean up your life. For devil see ya not gwaan fi do fool tings again. Yes, Rasta! Herb is the healing of the nation.” –Bob Marley.

Rastas shun cigarettes because moneymaking corporations, whose cigarettes are injected and sprayed with chemicals, produce dangerous and addictive tobacco. It is clear that any commercially pre-packaged cigarette contains numerous harmful chemicals. The tobacco found in today’s cigarettes is certainly not completely natural. However, when mixing it with ganja, Rastas may smoke tobacco that is pure, natural, and fresh!

Rastas are by no means accepting of drugs. A righteous Rasta will abstain from common “Drugs” such as: heroin, LSD, cocaine, and nearly all prescription drugs. The main reasoning behind this preference is that these drugs are manmade and adapted with chemicals. Herb, on the other hand, is a natural substance that Jah (the Lord) has created for our use.

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." (Genesis 1:29)

Testimony of Ganja

The following is part of an interview with a leading Rasta:

“…Ganja is really used to bring forth a peaceful and complacent aspect within man. We do not believe in the excessive use of ganja. It cannot be used to excess. In that case, it would be bad for man. But, in truth, ganja

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The Rasta Foundation—Ganja

The Rasta Foundation—Ganja used moderately is not bad. We do not find ganja as a mental

used moderately is not bad. We do not find ganja as a mental depressor; ganja sharpens your wit, and keeps you intellectually balanced. It is not a drug; it is not an aphrodisiac either. We smoke it, we drink it, and we even eat it sometimes. We do not find it a poison. I have been smoking ganja since I was eighteen years of age. I now am fifty, and I have never been to a doctor for any ganja related ailments…”—Ras Sam Brown,

1975. Interview by Leonard Barrett, Sr.

The Chalice

There is only one method that is completely traditional and holy for a Rasta to smoke ganja. This is by way of the coconut “chalice.” The word chalice, as found in the Bible, has reference to a holy or sacramental cup. Since smoking herb is a meditative and enlightening event, why not use a spiritual and religious cup? A chalice is handmade out of a hollowed coconut shell. A hole is cut out of the top and a clay-fired “cutchie,” which name also means cup, is inserted and fitted into the top hole. In the cutchie, a half of a nutmeg is inserted to keep ganja from falling down. Two holes are then made into the coconut—one for a hose to inhale the smoke, and the other hole for the thumb to regulate airflow. Before smoking, the coconut must be filled partially with water—the Chalice is a true water pipe! Smoking with a Rasta Chalice utilizes the five universal elements: Earth— from the ganja and the cutchie, Wood—from the coconut and rubber (rubber comes from trees), Air—from the smoke, Water—from the water in the coconut, and Fire—from the flame that lights and burns the herb.

Rasta Coconut Chalice Clay-fired cutchie to hold ganja. Rubber hose to draw smoke. Thumb hole
Rasta Coconut Chalice
Clay-fired cutchie to hold ganja.
Rubber hose to draw smoke.
Thumb hole for regulated
airflow.
Water inside coconut
An authentic handmade Rasta
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The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi Nyabinghi—Word, Sound, and Power There is a trinity of drums. These drums, when

Nyabinghi—Word, Sound, and Power

Foundation—Nyabinghi Nyabinghi—Word, Sound, and Power There is a trinity of drums. These drums, when played by
Foundation—Nyabinghi Nyabinghi—Word, Sound, and Power There is a trinity of drums. These drums, when played by

There is a trinity of drums. These drums, when played by talented and inspired Rastas, unite the cosmic power of creation.

The bass drum is the “Drum in deep” that pulses to the chants against Babylon and is known as “The Pope Smasher.” The base drum is the foundation drum, which universal pulse is broadcast straight from Africa. This African bass vibration is the authority of Nyabinghi music, which is the foundation of Reggae music.

The next drum is the medium sized funde. The funde is the drum that provides the basic heartbeat rhythm, which allows the “Voice” of the akete drum to be understood. This drum follows the bass.

The next important drum is the high-toned akete repeater. This drum is the lead drum and acts as voice of attack. The akete is the voice of the ensemble.

as voice of attack. The akete is the voice of the ensemble. “Is like spiritual war,

“Is like spiritual war, is also physical war. But if we should try to actuate physical instruments or weapons of war and use dem, then we would be targets of Babylon police force and dem will out come and mash [with] stone, and lock up people, and give dem

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The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi prison sentences. So, we know, you know, true power of that earth is

prison sentences. So, we know, you know, true power of that earth is in I-ghest [highest] stages, cause life is like two stages, if you like, spiritual-mental and physical-practical. So, when we carry out combat on the spiritual-mental plain, we know we are more secure. Yes, we know we are less open to attacks and defects, yes, and verbal aggression on the level of commitment, termination and strength, because of word and sound. In the beginning was the word, the word was with Jah and word come to count itself flesh, so, even black hold drum sounds can take into itself certain force power and strive the weak heart. The word sound similar taken to itself certain word power and strive the weak heart… Nyahbinghi is the music that kill, cramp, paralyze, give a joy, make a creation manifest. Nyahbinghi is the King’s music, King of King’s music, ancient music from the time of Salem, from Ithiopia ancient church triumphant of the churchical order. Nyahbinghi was very big in Africa when theocracy was the form of government and parliament was the church. For us word sounds is like releasing bombs, releasing rockets of death, releasing warplanes.” (Ras Jah Bones)

Jah Bones (1940 - 1997), writer, lecturer, activist, and elder of Universal Zion Church and Ethiopian World Federation Inc. in England. Jamaican born Jah Bones is author of the book One Love: Rastafari: History, Doctrine & Livity (1985). Previous quotations are from his words in 1988.

The term "Nyabinghi" is said to have come from a religious, spiritual, and political movement against the evil forces of the White man who was enslaving the native peoples of East Africa in the 1800’s. The original name meant “Death to the Whites,” specifically referring to the Europeans. The early Nyabinghi was set up as a secret-society movement in efforts to overthrow colonial domination. The current meaning of Nyabinghi is, “Death to Black and White oppressors.”

Nyabinghi today, also known as "Binghi," is the ensemble on special occasions, which are called

is the ensemble on special occasions, which are called “Grounations,” to commemorate revered

“Grounations,”

to

commemorate

revered

events.

These

events

are

as

follows:

The

coronation

of

his

Imperial

majesty

(November

2),

his

majesty’s

visit

to

Jamaica

(April

25,

1966),

and

his

majesty’s (July 23, 1892).

birthday

Nyabinghi involves chanting, dancing, spiritual use of the holy herb and chalice (as a religious rite), and praise to Jah Rastafari. It is a great gathering of Rastas “For inspiration, feasting, smoking, and social contact.” (Barrett, 125) Festivities can last for several days.

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi Although there is no unanimous agreement as to the origins or exact spelling

Although there is no unanimous agreement as to the origins or exact spelling of

Nyabinghi, the "The Nyabinghi is heard here, raising the power of earth to the sky. Through rhythmic beats on the heavy bass drum, you can feel the earth’s very center…from smaller drums, carry the Rasta cry of freedom and dignity into the sky above…Rastafari have come to relax and share their innate power in nature. Some play the drums. Others dance in an unfrenzied, flowing motion. Each has its own, but all emanate for, and return to, the essential rhythm. Nyabinghi…Each sings his own song, all sing the same song—‘Carry Rastafari home’." (Nicholas,

70)

same song—‘Carry Rastafari home’." (Nicholas, 70) The rituals of Rastafari are fully expressed in Nyabinghi

The rituals of Rastafari are fully expressed in Nyabinghi gatherings. In this evening snapshot, Jamaican Rastas enjoy the mystic forces of their music, which is created by the following: Drumming, Dancing, Smoking, Chanting, and Reasoning.

"The Nyabinghi is the most important meeting of the Rastas, involving members from all over the island. It is comparable to the movement's convention and may last

from one or three days to even a week." Barrett relates in his book, The Rastafarians, how he attended one such Nyabinghi. "The air was thick with smoke from the holy herb and

tune continued as long as an hour and without a

the drums kept a haunting beat

break before another was started and continued on and on throughout the evening until "

the drummer was exhausted and his place was taken by another drummer

One

One Rasta Elder describes the Nyabinghi as such:

…The Nyabinghi mean to bring universal cooperation, coordination, and divine elements for all people, which is of righteous good. And this Nyabinghi don’t mean that it is a plaything, it mean that it is for full universal, divine resurrection for all nation which is of righteous element. And that is the protest of full Nyabinghi to I and I, and continuous to work it in the fullness of its activity until peace will come to all nations upon earth in the power of Jah Rastafari as the coordinator of us all. (Rastafari Voices, 1978 Video Tape)

Nyabinghi music, which is distinctly an offbeat rhythm, reflects of the Rastas vibration with society. The heavy bass sounds represent the death of the oppressive

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The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi society and are answered by the sharp high tones of the repeater symbolizing

society and are answered by the sharp high tones of the repeater symbolizing a resurrection of society through the power of Jah, Ras Tafari.

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi Churchical Chants of the Nyabingi (Heartbeat Records, 1983) The Nyabingi chants on this

Churchical Chants of the Nyabingi (Heartbeat Records, 1983)

Churchical Chants of the Nyabingi (Heartbeat Records, 1983) The Nyabingi chants on this album provide a

The Nyabingi chants on this album provide a rare opportunity to appreciate the righteous anger and dread indignation, which fuels the creative energies of Rastafari. These chants were recorded at a Nyabingi session held on Ronald Reagan's 1982 visit to Jamaica; the session lasted for seven days. While the President of the United States was carrying out the affairs of state and enjoying the accolades of "Establishment" Jamaica, the hills of upper Trelawney, on the fringe of the famed Cockpit Country, were ringing with the sound of the Nyabingi drum while the Rastafari Judgment fire blazed through the night. Churchical Chants of the Nyabingi presents for the first time on the redemption songs of the Nyabingi.

Ras Pidow (below) in Washington D.C 1989.

of the Nyabingi. Ras Pidow (below) in Washington D.C 1989. Above photo by Jake Homiak, Smithsonian

Above photo by Jake Homiak, Smithsonian Institution

1989. Above photo by Jake Homiak, Smithsonian Institution Below are selected lyrics to the chants contained

Below are selected lyrics to the chants contained in the above album.

FIRE MAN Fire man Rasta fire man Fire man Rasta Fire man.

KEEP COOL BABYLON Keep cool Babylon You don’t know what your doing Keep cool Babylon You don’t know what your saying Keep cool Babylon You don’t know what your doing Keep cool King Rasta yard is cool Jah Jah go chant down lightning and thunder fi clear di way Whirlwind come and Jah tek ‘im away Keep cool, keep cool Jah Jah yard is cool.

Photo of Ras Michael (on left) playing the akete/repeater drum.

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The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi

The Rasta Foundation—Nyabinghi The following paragraph is taken from: <

The following paragraph is taken from: <http://www.niceup.com/artists/ras_pidow.html>

Born 1931 in Kingston, Jamaica, Ras Pidow was one of the first in the movement of Rastafari. Although scorned and reviled by society for praising His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie-I as the almighty, growing the locks of the head as the holy covenant and using the ganja plant as a spiritual sacrament, Ras Pidow has endured as a living Testament that good must conquer evil and love must be the law that governs humanity.

As a recognized elder of the Haile Selassie-I Nyabinghi Order Theocracy Reign, Ras Pidow and fellow [Rastafari] Elders through the power of His Imperial Majesty and the assistance of the Smithsonian Institution made a pilgrimage to America in 1989; their mission was to spread the truth of Rastafari and to universally expand peace, love, and “Overstanding”.

After traveling nationally and performing at the Smithsonian's National Folk Festival, the elders received positive response from the people and the press, including The Washington Post.

On July 4 th , Ras Pidow and brethren made a showing at the NORML smoke out, a concert for the legalization of Marijuana. "If herb is a crime, then God is a criminal" chanted Ras Pidow to the blazing lick shots of the Nyabinghi drums before the enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Ras Pidow was a recognized Elder of the Rainbow Throne of the Niahbingi Theocratic Order. Story teller, teacher, priest, Ras Pidow represents a life-long I-dication (dedication) of principle. He died in March of 2001.

Below is taken from the 1992 album cover Ras Pidow’s Modern Antique. He is seen reading truth as contained in the Bible. Ras Pidow delivers the message of Divine importance that Haile Selassie is the Almighty.

of Divine importance that Haile Selassie is the Almighty. “If herb God is a criminal.” —Ras

“If herb

God is a criminal.” —Ras Pidow

is

a crime,

then

The Elders of the Nyabinghi Order play

a crucial role in Rasta authority and

operate as a Priesthood, whose authority

is that of Melchizedek.

The Rasta Foundation—Judah

The Rasta Foundation—Judah The Importance of Judah Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise…The

The Importance of Judah

Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise…The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall be the gathering of the people be…(Genesis 49: 8-12)

shall be the gathering of the people be…(Genesis 49: 8-12) In 1930, news came of the
shall be the gathering of the people be…(Genesis 49: 8-12) In 1930, news came of the

In 1930, news came of the crowning of an Ethiopian King. However, this was not merely another King being crowned. This King was crowned His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie-I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Light of this World, King of Zion. This King was the 225th great grandson of King Solomon. The coronation (crowning) of Haile Selassie-I was attended by many nations. In addition, the sacred golden Scepter of the House of Judah was rightfully returned to the new King of Ethiopia.

Historically, pirates under British command brought African slaves to the New World to enrich the Babylonian Queen Elizabeth I. Marc Antony and Julius Caesar stole the golden Scepter of the House of Judah, which was magically empowered with the authority and power to rule the world, from Ethiopia. They undoubtedly used it to build the Roman Empire. From Rome, the Scepter was stolen by Britain, who soon inherited the Roman world. Duke of Gloucester, son of King George V of Britain, was sent by his father to represent the British throne and to return the Emperor the stolen Scepter as a gift. While in Ethiopia, the Duke became drunk and wandered off into the wilderness and ate tall grass, revealing himself as the reincarnate King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. When the Duke gave Selassie the Scepter, the Emperor regained his powers. Selassie sent a mysterious emblem back to England with the Duke to give to his father. When King George saw the emblem, he was paralyzed and soon died.

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The Rasta Foundation—Judah

The Rasta Foundation—Judah African Christians now began asking many questions. The throne that Haile Selassie-I

African Christians now began asking many questions. The throne that Haile Selassie-I represented was the oldest living throne on earth—almost 4,000 years old. (The throne of the Royal House of Britain, the colonial sovereign of Jamaica was less than 500 years old.) It was not only that African people saw that they had an African King exceeding all over colonial sovereigns in royal status and antiquity, but that this King's throne represented the throne of God on earth, established by a covenant between God and King David as recorded in the Old Testament (II Sam: 7).

People earnestly searched the scriptures and the prophecies concerning this throne in Ethiopia. The 49 th chapter of Genesis (verses 8-12) reads that God had promised the custodianship of His kingdom to the Tribe of Judah. Moreover, God had made an eternal promise to King David and King Solomon, that their throne and dynasty (lineage) would endure as long as the Moon and Sun, and that David would never be short of seed to sit on his throne (see psalms 89). It is also emphasized that the kings of this dynasty were not only the kings of Ethiopia, but also the kings of the whole earth—representing the justice and judgment of God in human affairs (see psalms 72). When God's people sinned, He told them that He would punish them by famine, pestilence and the sword, and He would scatter them to the four corners of the earth. They would be ruled by a foreign power and be servants to other nations. But when they returned to God with all their hearts, He would rise up one from the family of David and Solomon who would re-gather His people back into their own land, (see Ezekiel 37, Isaiah 43, Jeremiah. 23, and 33). Then, God promised that by the seed of David, the Tribe of Judah, He would set up His promised Kingdom on earth, which would be a light to the world. His people would be returned to their land and no more would they suffer.

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie-I was born on July 23, 1892—the beginning of the astrological sign of the Lion. By the dignity of His stature, the discipline of His character, and eyes that reflect a sense of purpose and mission, he was seen by Bible students as the promised Messiah from the House of Judah. His titles fit the only man on earth "Worthy to open the book and to loose the seven seals." (Revelation Chapter 5) Before his coronation, his name was Ras Tafari Makonnen. Jamaicans, who saw him as the long awaited Messiah, began calling themselves by his name, Rastafarians. To the Rastas, this King was the one promised from the House of David, who would re-gather them from their lands of captivity and bring them again into their own land, Ethiopia—Zion.

Coronation of the

King of Kings — Tribe of Judah.

and bring them again into their own land, Ethiopia—Zion. Coronation of the King of Kings —

The Rasta Foundation—Judah

The Rasta Foundation—Judah Jeremiah 8:21 — “I am black.” 46

Jeremiah 8:21“I am black.”

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The Rasta Foundation—Haile Selassie

The Rasta Foundation—Haile Selassie 1966 —Visit to Jamaica A banner to welcome the King of Kings.

1966 —Visit to Jamaica

Rasta Foundation—Haile Selassie 1966 —Visit to Jamaica A banner to welcome the King of Kings. IIII

A banner to welcome the King of Kings.

—Visit to Jamaica A banner to welcome the King of Kings. IIII saidsaidsaidsaid totototo thethethethe

IIII saidsaidsaidsaid totototo thethethethe peoplepeoplepeoplepeople, “Be still, and know

dat His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is di almighty!” —Bob

Marley

A Rasta onlooker awaiting H.I.M.

— Bob Marley A Rasta onlooker awaiting H.I.M. Arriving in Jamaica for the first time, H.I.M

Arriving in Jamaica for the first time, H.I.M greets the multitudes of Jamaicans and Rastas.

onlooker awaiting H.I.M. Arriving in Jamaica for the first time, H.I.M greets the multitudes of Jamaicans
onlooker awaiting H.I.M. Arriving in Jamaica for the first time, H.I.M greets the multitudes of Jamaicans

The Rasta Foundation—Haile Selassie

The Rasta Foundation—Haile Selassie On April 21, 1966, thousands of dreadlock Rastas and Jamaican citizens gathered

On April 21, 1966, thousands of dreadlock Rastas and Jamaican citizens gathered at the Kingston airport to await the arrival of the Ethiopian King—Haile Selassie the first. In the hour of his arrival it was raining. When his plane came in from the east, the rain lightened and over the masses flew a white dove. To the Rastas this was a symbol of divinity.

Later, the King went and met with leaders of the country. Some say that these meetings were covert meetings to establish African-Ethiopian influence in Jamaica.

When His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie-I, visited Jamaica in 1966, he said that "Ethiopians and Jamaicans have a relationship going back for a very long time," and that "Jamaicans and Ethiopians were brothers by blood."

Many Jamaican Rastas, at the time, sought to be taken back (repatriated) to the African Homeland. However, Selassie insisted, “Jamaica must be repaired and more fully situated first.”

[When I first took interest in the movement and idea of Rasta, I wondered what Selassie’s own position was pertaining to his divinity. For years, the Rastas hailed him as God. So, how did Selassie view this? Did he claim he was God, or Jah? The answer is in Selassie’s true humbleness, thus, he neither publicly claimed nor denied his divinity.]

thus, he neither publicly claimed nor denied his divinity.] Selassie-I is Great David’s Greater Son. Selassie-I
thus, he neither publicly claimed nor denied his divinity.] Selassie-I is Great David’s Greater Son. Selassie-I

Selassie-I is Great David’s Greater Son. Selassie-I is of the House of David, which is of the House of Judah, which is the divine and eternal throne established by the Lord. Selassie-I was born of Davidic descent. He is the Root of King David. Ras Tafari comes through an undefeated genealogy from King Solomon and Queen Sheba. Therefore, Selassie-I is the Lord’s returned through proper order—through the line of David, who was from Judah (a son of Israel). His name, Haile Selassie, literally means, “Might of the Trinity.” The name “Ras Tafari” means, “Head creator” in Amharic. “Ras” is a title given to Ethiopian royalty.

The name “Ras Tafari” means, “Head creator” in Amharic. “Ras” is a title given to Ethiopian
The name “Ras Tafari” means, “Head creator” in Amharic. “Ras” is a title given to Ethiopian

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The Rasta Foundation—Death

The Rasta Foundation—Death Rasta and the Concept of Death So, if the key element in Rasta

Rasta and the Concept of Death

So, if the key element in Rasta were accepting His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie-I, as divine, would his death cause any problems and contentions for current Rastas? The answer is no. Death is of no relevance to the Rasta. God is the God of the living and not of the dead. Rastas do not think about death or the dead. They take literally the Bible’s words, “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is for this reason that Rasta’s refrain from attending funerals.

“The most dramatic revelation has been the death of the King in August of 1975. His death caused many to seek out the Rastafarians for some words of wisdom about their future. But, to the surprise of many, the Rastafarians, true to their doctrine about death, did not show any emotional response. To them, the King had not died; he had only moved away from the temporal scene in order to carry out his work as God and King in the spiritual realm. As a spirit, he will be much more accessible to his followers both in Ethiopia and Jamaica. One needs only to call his name and enter into his spiritual vibrations to feel his power.” (Barrett, 253)

and Jamaica. One needs only to call his name and enter into his spiritual vibrations to
and Jamaica. One needs only to call his name and enter into his spiritual vibrations to

The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet

The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet I-tal—The Rasta way of life Rastas know that natural is better than

I-tal—The Rasta way of life

Rastas know that natural is better than artificial. Artificiality, which is false and unnatural, is part of the great lie of “Civilized” man. When we consume and eat artificial foods, this artificiality—this unnaturalness—enters our very being as our lifeblood carries it through every part of our body. Artificial sugars, sweeteners and preservatives, which we find in almost every product (especially processed foods and drinks), are so injected with chemicals that our bodies stray further and further from natural harmony. Naturalness is to humans what artificiality is to machines. Shall we be humans and be one with nature? Or, on the other hand, shall we remain part of a great machine and destroy nature? The Rasta is for the earth. The Rasta is for humanity.

By eating artificially we, therefore, live artificially. Living through metal cans, processed foods, and plastic wrappers, our minds become processed and our lives become wrapped in a false covering. Artificiality cuts us off from essential contact with Mother Nature. Being dependant upon the artificial processes, rather than the natural processes, enslaves us mentally and physically. If we cover ourselves with purity, purity of thought and intention, we will be true to ourselves and to the earth. The Rastaman is an earthman that utilizes the earth’s natural creations and vibrations. The Rasta believes in “One Love” among all living things.

Rastas generally adhere to a set of strict guidelines regarding diet. Rastas forbid the eating of pork and this is the one rule that is accepted by all Rastas. As a whole, Rastas are vegetarians and avoid eating the death of animals—including beef and chicken. Rastas also avoid shellfish and fish with no scales as well as large fish that are over 12 inches. (Large fish have more developed spirits and souls than do smaller fish.) Rastas believe in not killing other creatures. Therefore, Rastas are mostly vegetarians and fruitarians. This is being Vital or I-tal, which is a completely natural and living diet.

“Ital is a term used by Rastas, derived from "vital,” which means a natural and healthy way of life. One aspect of Ital is the Ital food: because the body is a temple, you should not eat impure food. Also, you must take care of your body, cause it is Jah creation. Body is the Chapel. Ital is generally a vegan diet, even if some Rastas eat fish. Some prohibit salt, some not. In all cases, Ital prohibits pork, preservatives, and chemical ingredients. Ingredients have to be the most natural possible.“ –French Dread

So, what is I-tal food? Simply put, I-tal food is organic, non-processed food directly from the earth (i.e., vegetarian or fruitarian by most definitions). "I-tal is vital" best summarizes the Rastafarian belief that pure food from the earth is the most physically and spiritually beneficial. Interestingly, white table salt is not I-tal because of the chemical refining it has been through—a real change from natural sea salt. Ganja is considered I- tal since it is smoked, or drank as a tea, in its natural state. Moreover, ganja is considered a holy herb and healing agent that can be used in pretty much any recipe or occasion.

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The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet Pork is the worst of all meats to eat since harmful parasites,

Pork is the worst of all meats to eat since harmful parasites, which are always in pork, remain alive even after incredibly high cooking temperatures. Pigs are also scavenger animals.

which are always in pork, remain alive even after incredibly high cooking temperatures. Pigs are also

Meat is abandoned because it comes from the killing of animals—meat is death. Pork is specifically despised above all meats and foods. Pork is called, “That thing” to avoid the horrible names of a pigs and swine.

I-tal is the natural way of living and eating. I- tal shuns cigarettes (due to heavy chemicals), alcohol, and all other chemically made drugs. Cows’ milk is referred to as "White blood" and is, therefore, not included in an I-tal diet. The natural use of Cows’ milk is for feeding baby cows and not humans.

Health, if it is taken care of and guarded well, is a divine gift available to everyone. If health fails, then nothing can be enjoyed. What good is a million

dollars if you are too unhealthy to enjoy it? If health is jeopardized, then life is jeopardized. So, let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food in its natural state. Let us get well and stay well by this simple and natural way—the I-tal way! To achieve optimal health we must remember that life comes from life. Live (living) foods are the best source of life-giving energy, not dead and decaying foods. So, look forward to live foods, such as raw fruits, vegetables and their juices, herbs, seeds, nuts, and grains. This is the best way to attain and maintain health and to teach our body to maximize energy, have longevity, and not die prematurely.

Disease and illness would be rare if our blood stream were pure. Yet, disease, illness, and fatigue come from an abundance of mucus, toxins, and poisonous waste matter in the system. Such the case is the result of dead foods being taken into the body that cannot be assimilated or eliminated. Foods too high in protein cause indigestion, as do meats of all kind, eggs, fish, and cows’ milk. The use of starchy foods also seriously contributes to intestinal ills and constipation. Acidic blood is one of the results of excess of sugar and starch. Greasy-fried foods are another cause digestive troubles.

I-tal living is more than a just way of eating, and is more than dietary and hygienic laws. Living like a Rasta, which is a way of life and not an organized religion, is I-tal living. Along with the idea of a natural and pure way of life, a Rasta lifestyle is inclusive of all aspects health. I-tal Rastas will not put chemicals in their mouth, which are unhealthy, unnatural, and poisonous. I-tal Rastas will not spread and rub chemicals of death onto their body that virtually all “Grooming” products contain.

One of the most toxic killers found in all shampoos and virtually all other “Grooming” products is Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate. This toxic killer is actually a harsh detergent that is found in products that “Foam.” It is used in industrial engine degreasers, floor cleaners, water softeners, and auto cleaning products—a very strong and effective degreaser. As a result, its use will dry the skin and hair—striping away natural oils. People who frequently use “Body products” will later suffer from dry skin, balding heads and, at worst, cancer, and premature death!

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The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet The reader should be on the lookout for many other toxic chemicals

The reader should be on the lookout for many other toxic chemicals found in daily “Beauty and grooming” supplies. Many are active ingredients in industrial products. (Look for Propylene Glycol found in common body products and know that it is the active ingredient in anti-freeze.) Furthermore, remember that chemical poisons enter our bloodstream through the millions of pores on our skin—our skin breathes!

Reasoning

Rastafari is both a philosophy and a way of life that steadfastly adheres to the laws of nature. Such thinking made manifest by the foods Rastas eat. If the body is a temple, then it should be protected and cared for as such. All things in nature, fruits, vegetables, and herbs are been provided by JAH and should be held sacred. Rastas believe in a concept of One Love. This refers to the belief that we are all one (I and I) and should not hurt any other living thing because we will also unknowingly be hurting ourselves. This concept is at the heart of Rasta deliberation. They all may be One; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that They also may be One in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me And the Glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be made One, even as We are One: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they maybe made Perfect in One. (John 17:21-22) This passage illustrates the biblical basis for the concept of I and I.

Rastas recognize countless natural and spiritual reasons for avoiding meat.

Man was not intended to kill and digest meat. Flesh-eating beasts have long sharp teeth and jaws that only move up and down. Humans have short and dull teeth with jaws that can grind from side to side—like an ape that grinds fruits, nuts, and plants. In addition, flesh eaters secrete a huge amount of hydrochloric acid (much more than humans) that easily digests flesh, bone, feathers, fur, and hair.

Humans, like plant eaters, have long intestines—12 times our body length. The intestines of natural carnivores are smooth and short—only 3 times the length of their body, which allow quick passage and digestion. Human intestines have ridges and pockets that hold food for as long as possible—best for a non- meat diet. Because toxic flesh goes very bad the moment death occurs (gaining bacteria and parasites), it is harmful for meat to be in the body for many days— traveling the long avenues of human intestines. Because fruits and vegetables (I- tal foods) do not spoil as fast as meat, they are better digested than meat.

As well as avoiding meat, I-tal Rastas avoid processed foods. Processed foods are all embalmed with chemical poisons and, thus, are no longer I-tal. This means that they are no longer natural and certainly not vital. Preservatives, artificial additives, and things of this un-nature are avoided for good reason. “For ye are the Temple of the Living God, as Jah hath also said—present your bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), I will dwell in them and walk in them; and

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The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet I will be their God and they shall be my people.” Rastas

I will be their God and they shall be my people.” Rastas take this passage to heart and assume that whatever they are polluting their bodies with also is polluting JAH.

Spiritual aspects of avoiding meat:

Life is a cycle of karma (“What goes around comes around”) Animal meat, which has come from animals who have lived their entire lives in cruel dark factories (especially in America) and suffered frightening deaths by machines, is not good to eat. Such a negative life means that extremely negative vibrations have are part of every fiber of their being. These same animals are living in conditions similar to that of slaves (most animals born and die in their same cage) and most are literally insane from their extremely unnatural situation. The real horror comes when the animals, which are still alive, face death at the blades of machines. To eat such meat is to take in the vibrations of the animals’ pain, suffering, and fear, and death into your own body. These vibrations will surely stay with us long after a partial digestion. What goes around comes around. Whatever food you eat, you eat the essence of what was done to the food.

o The author feels that in early times (before this modern day of chemicals and poisons, which are being fed and injected into livestock) that animal meat was much better to eat. Meat was also eaten sparingly (in times of need)—not like today’s people—eating commercially processed meat virtually every day. In past generations, a different and proper respect was given to animals and their spirits. Today’s meat is hardly fit to eat. Today’s meat is saturated with negative vibrations!

eat. Today’s meat is saturated with negative vibrations! "If ya eat flesh ya becomes a walkin'

"If ya eat flesh ya becomes a walkin' cemetery, a walkin' tomb, storing all dat dead flesh inside of ya. Dat supposed ta be buried in de ground, nah in de body. Ya take yah temple and ya make it a burying ground."

Ya take yah temple and ya make it a burying ground." --BONGO ROACH "We know of

--BONGO ROACH

"We know of life becaz we are feelin' life becaz we used ta be dead and we know what life is now. Changin' from dat carnivorous eatin' ta dis 'erbivorous life, we feel de difference. We know it and we tell ya about life."

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The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet –RED To eat purely, vitally, and I-tally, is to eat foods that
The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet –RED To eat purely, vitally, and I-tally, is to eat foods that

–RED

To eat purely, vitally, and I-tally, is to eat foods that are alive within life’s natural living temperature range. However, through an ancient deception, man has been made to think that he must put fire to his food. The process of cooking (including frying, baking, boiling, and, yes, even steaming) food at high temperatures is what kills and destroys the vital elements of the food. Death begins when vital enzymes are destroyed at 108 degrees! Even doctors know that when any cell tries to reproduce using broken or dead (cooked) building blocks, which are amino acids and other essential nutrients found in foods, the new cells produce weaker and weaker cells—weaker than they originally were. The more a person eats cooked food, the more this process occurs (known as aging) until, finally, the cell is too weak to carry its vital functions and dies. The source of the most healthy and vital life is found in eating healing, cleansing, and nourishing, living foods made perfect by Jah Ras Tafari!

I-tal or completely pure and natural, vibrations comes when life is lived in such a way that our very being radiates positive vibrations from our mother earth. There are two essential parts to the I-TAL concept:

1.

Live in such a way that you, who are part of the human race, mentally cease living in a rat race. "You got the horse race, you got the dog race, you got the human race…Oh it's a disgrace to see the human race in a rat race."

Imagine

how

our bodies

and

minds

would

be

if

we

ate

nothing

but

meat

everyday.

Imagine how our bodies and

ate

minds

would

be

if

we

nothing but fruits, nuts,

vegetables,

and

grains

everyday.

By eating the second, we live longer, gain health, and emit positive feelings.

By eating the first, we die sooner, lose health, and emit vibrations of death.

Living Foods Give Us:

Strength & Mind Power!

Energy!

A 120-Year-Old Healthy Life!

The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet

The Rasta Vibration—Living Diet Read Dr. Suzar Epps’ book , Drugs Masquerading as Foods , as

Read Dr. Suzar Epps’ book, Drugs Masquerading as Foods, as it is the best book ever written on nutritional truth!

The Rasta Vibration—Moral Code

The Rasta Vibration—Moral Code Sam Brown, an earlier follower of Rasta, listed a 10-point moral code

Sam Brown, an earlier follower of Rasta, listed a 10-point moral code of Rasta:

1)1)1)1) WeWeWeWe stronglystronglystronglystrongly objectobjectobjectobject totototo sharpsharpsharpsharp implementsimplementsimplementsimplements usedusedusedused inininin tttthehehehe desecrationdesecrationdesecrationdesecration ofofofof thethethethe figurefigurefigurefigure ofofofof Man,Man,Man,Man, e.g.,e.g.,e.g.,e.g., trimmingtrimmingtrimmingtrimming anananandddd shaving,shaving,shaving,shaving, tattooingtattooingtattooingtattooing ofofofof thethethethe skin,skin,skin,skin, cuttingscuttingscuttingscuttings ofofofof thethethethe fleflefleflesh.sh.sh.sh.

2)2)2)2) WeWeWeWe areareareare basicallybasicallybasicallybasically vegetarians,vegetarians,vegetarians,vegetarians, makingmakingmakingmaking scantscantscantscant useuseuseuse ofofooff cercercercertaintaintaintain animalanimalanimalanimal fleshfleshfleshflesh yetyetyetyet outlawingoutlawingoutlawingoutlawing thethethethe useuseuseuse ofofofof swinesswinesswinesswines fleshfleshfleshflesh inininin anyanyanyany form,form,form,form, shellshellshellshell fishes,fishes,fishes,fishes, scalescalescalescale lesslesslessless fishes,fishes,fishes,fishes, snails,snails,snails,snails, etc.etc.etc.etc.

3)3)3)3) WeWeWeWe worshipworshipworshipworship andandandand observeobserveobserveobserve nononono otherotherotherother GodGodGodGod butbutbutbut RastafarRastafarRastafarRastafari,i,i,i, outlawingoutlawingoutlawingoutlawing allallallall otherotherotherother formsformsformsforms ofofofof PagaPaganPagaPagannn worshipworshipworshipworship yetyetyetyet respectingrespectingresprespectingecting allallallall believers.believers.believers.believers.

4)4)4)4) WeWeWeWe lovelovelovelove andandandand respectrespectrespectrespect thethethethe brotherhoodbrotherhoodbrotherhoodbrotherhood ofofofof mankind,mankind,mankind,mankind, yetyetyetyet ourourourour firstfirstfirstfirst lovelovelovelove isisisis totototo thethethethe sonssonssonssons ofofofof Ham.Ham.Ham.Ham.

5)5)5)5) WeWeWeWe disapprovedisapprovedisapprovedisapprove andandandand abhorabhorabhorabhor utterlyutterlyutterlyutterly hate,hate,hate,hate, jealously,jealously,jealously,jealously, envy,envy,envy,envy, deceit,deceit,deceit,deceit, guile,guile,guile,guile, treachery,treachery,treachery,treachery, etc.etc.etc.etc.

6)6)6)6) WeWeWeWe dodododo notnotnotnot agreeagreeagreeagree totototo thethethethe plpleasuresplpleasureseasureseasures ofofofof presentpresent-presentpresent--day-daydayday societysocietysocietysociety andandandand itsitsitsits modernmodernmodernmodern evils.evils.evils.evils.

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brotherhood.brotherhood.brotherhood.brotherhood.

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totototo

createcreatecreatecreate

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8)8)8)8) OurOurOurOur dutydutydutyduty isisisis totototo extendextendextendextend thethethethe handhandhandhand ofofofof charitycharitycharitycharity totototo anyanyanyany brotherbrotherbrotherbrother inininin distress,distress,distress,distress, firstlyfirstlyfirstlyfirstly forforforfor hehehehe isisisis ofofofof thethethethe RastafariRastafariRastafariRastafari orderorderorderorder ---- secondlysecondlysecondlysecondly totototo anyanyanyany human,human,human,human, animals,animals,animals,animals, plants,plants,plants,plants, etc.,etc.,etc.,etc., likewise.likewise.likewise.likewise.

9)9)9)9) WeWeWeWe dodododo adhereadhereadhereadhere totototo thethethethe ancientancientancientancient lawslawslawslaws ofofofof Ethiopia.Ethiopia.Ethiopia.Ethiopia.

10)10)10)10) ThouThouThouThou shallshallshallshall givegivegivegive nononono thoughtthoughtthoughtthought totototo thethethethe aid,aid,aid,aid, titlestitlestitlestitles aaaandndndnd possessionpossessionpossessionpossession thatthatthatthat thethethethe enemyenemyenemyenemy inininin hishishishis fearfearfearfear maymaymaymay seekseekseekseek totototo bbbbestowestowestowestow onononon you;you;you;you; resolutionresolutionresolutionresolution totototo youryouryouryour purposepurposepurposepurpose isisisis thethethethe lovelovelovelove ofofofof RRRRastafari.astafarastafarastafari.i.i.

(Brown)(Brown)(Brown)(Brown)

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The Rasta Vibration—Speech Rasta Essence HAILE I JAH RASTAFARI—FOUNDATION OF CREATION. I AN I KNOW HISTORY

Rasta Essence

HAILE I JAH RASTAFARI—FOUNDATION OF CREATION. I AN I KNOW HISTORY HAS PROVED AND SHOWED DAT ETHIOPIA IS THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION. ETHIOPIA IS DI INCUBATOR OF DI EARTH, WHERE LIFE HAS FIRST STARTED TO EXIST FROM…I AN I ALSO KNOW…HAILE I SELASSIE I HE IS ALSO THE FULLNESS OF KING SOLOMON—THE RETURNED MESSIAH TO EARTH DIS DAY. FOR IN PROPHECY HAS SHOWED DAT IN DIS DAY HE SHALL COME IN DIS NAME, DAT IS SO TERRIBLE AND DREADFUL—RAS TAFARI. HIS MAJESTY IS CREATOR FOR DI EARTH. I AN I KNOW DAT PROPHECY HAS SHOWED DAT ANYONE WHO REALLY HAVE THE ARC OF THE COVENANT IS REALLY CREATION PURE MASTER AND EARTH RIGHTFUL RULER…I AN I KNOW DAT RAS TAFARI IS REALLY THE HEAD OF EVERY FULLNESS—TRUTH AND RIGHT…GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE TO THE

MOST HIGH EVERY TIME. –RASRASRASRAS TAWNYTAWNYTAWNYTAWNY

 
 

Articles of Rasta Faith

 

The remnants of the House of Israel are the Ethiopians, who are scattered abroad.

The tribe of Judah is the Conquering Lion, from which came Haile Selassie, Jesus Christ, King Solomon, and King David.

The life is to testify of Ras Tafari.

Life should be lived and enjoyed by natural means.

Dreadlocks and ganja are part of the Rastas religious rite.

Dreadlocks and ganja are part of the Rastas religious rite.

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The Rasta Vibration—Speech Prelude to Rasta Language—The Speech of Protest Rasta Brother Wato describes the start

Prelude to Rasta Language—The Speech of Protest

Rasta Brother Wato describes the start of the Jamaican Rasta dialect:

“It just arises in conversation, describing many things. Or several times you have several different types of reasoning and you step up with the words. Now that you have seen that the Chinaman in this country, if him want to destroy you, him can destroy you, and you can stand in his presence and speaking something to destroy you and you can’t know. You can stand in the presence of the Indian man and him speaking something to destroy you and you don’t know. And you have other people here who speak different language and you can be in the midst of them and them speaking something to destroy you and you don’t know. So we, the Rasses, suppose to speak, that here, there and anywhere we find ourselves, we suppose to speak and no one know what we speak beside ourself. That’s how we get to start.” (Chevannes, 166)

Furthermore, the reader should know the following:

1. The Rastaman vibration is the vibration of resistance to the system of Babylon.

2. This resistance is available through Word, Sound, and Power

3. The language of the Rastaman is part of the entire movement’s conception.

Rastaman’s conception is one of reality. Basic words and terms take on new meaning. Such as “Overstand” in place of “Understand” and “Downpress” instead of “Oppress”. Rastafari is word power. Instead of weapons, words are used to solidify ideas and establish justice. The Rastaman uses the power of words to deliver his message. This is evident in Nyabingi drumming, where the sound of the drums convey messages that all can understand. Every sound the Rastaman makes, whether through words or drums, is a message towards truth.

Rastas speaks a twist of English because, in colonial Jamaica, the original African language was vanquished over time by the British rule and enslavement. Granted, all the island of Jamaica speak a dialect of English called Patois {Patwah}, but Rastas speak even a sub dialect of Patois. The variation of the Rasta language starts with the replacement of the word Me with I. The personal pronoun “I” is the most important.

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The Rasta Vibration—Speech The “I” is the most basic and important element in Rasta speech. In

The “I” is the most basic and important element in Rasta speech. In Rasta speech, there is no ME, there is no YOU, and there are no WE or US—there is only I and I. Everyone is an “I,” so there is no need for second person dialog. Selassie is an “I,” and his name becomes Selassie-I. Most would read this “I” as Roman numeral after Selassie. Such as in Selassie-I (the first). Obviously, the Roman numeral I stands for the number one and signifies “The first.”

To the Rasta, this I also stands for “I,” as in a person. Rastas always say I (pronounced eye) after Selassie. The same “I” sound is found in the end of the word Rastafar-I. “We don’t make no one a second person. We don’t say ‘I and him’ or ‘us’. We just say ‘I-an-I’ because every person is a first person.” (Chevannes, 211)

“But eyes have they and see not, only Fari ” could see (Rastafari Movement Association,
“But eyes have they and see not, only Fari
could see
(Rastafari Movement Association, 1976.)

The concept of “Seeing” is a concept in Rasta belief that is unmatched. The eye is the organ of sight. This is why the Rasta and non-Rasta in Jamaican use the popular words “Seen” and “Sight,” as in, “Do you see” or “See it”? For if one cannot “See” (with the eyes, mind, or heart), one cannot come to terms with reality. To “See” something is to accept reality. Take the name of Selassie; the word, sound, and power of “See” comes at the beginning and end of his name. See-las-see. This can be further witness to the truth of Selassie-I as Alpha and Omega—the Beginning and the End.

The use of the “I” sound is present in the majority of all Rasta speech. The integration of this sound is found in many words such as the Following:

I-tal (vital) I-dren (brethren, which Jamaicans pronounce as bredrin or bredren.) I-ternal (eternal) I-preme (supreme) I-man (me or you) I-ditate (meditate) The list can go on and on and one can see that these I-words are easy to create.

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The Rasta Vibration—Speech Clarence, a Jamaican Rasta, explains: “First there is the Imperial I, who is

Clarence, a Jamaican Rasta, explains:

“First there is the Imperial I, who is called Haile-I Selassie-I. Then there is the I-wah (hour), which represents the unending spiritual time of Jah Rastafari. And there is the I-ree, which is the time that all men pass through. And then there is the I, which you will take to mean myself. And there is I and I, which is myself and all the Rasta brethren—and even you. As in Let I and I partake of this I-nscience, which refers specifically to this herb here. Did I tell it too fast for I? It’s easy. This I-nscience lead to good I-ditation, which bring on the I-vinity of a mon…”

It is difficult, if not impossible, to teach any language by explanation only. The remainder of this book is filled with the language of both the Rasta and the average Jamaican by means of dialogs, words, examples, and song lyrics. You will be learning both Rasta speech and normal Jamaican Patois. This book shall allow you near mastery in understanding and speaking the Jamaican language.

The Rastas have contributed more to the Jamaican culture than any other group.

Not everyone in Jamaica is Rasta. However, all people in Jamaica have at least minor associations, either in passing or in person, with Rastas. The general Jamaican population, particularly the youth, have integrated a great deal Rasta lingo into their normal speech and conversations. Since the Rasta culture is the biggest cultural force in Jamaica, the majority of the people in Jamaica have soaked in the common lingo and expressions of the Rasta. Many of the popular Jamaican Reggae musicians are Rastas and, therefore, have employed the language of Rasta. Reggae-Rasta musicians are also icons to the people.

The remainder of this book, following parts two (Reggae) and three (Bob Marley) is filled with the speech and the language associated with Jamaica and the Rasta.

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The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music

The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music Through Down pression Comes Reggae— The Music of Truth. When I remember

Through Downpression Comes Reggae— The Music of Truth.

When I remember the crack of the whip My blood runs cold I remember on the slave ship How they brutalized our very

souls—Bob Marley, SLAVE DRIVER

Old pirates yes they rob I Sold I to the merchant ships Minutes after they took I from the Bottom-less pit But my hand was made strong By the hand of the almighty We forward in this generation triumphantly All I ever had is songs of freedom Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom? Cause all I ever had redemption songs—Bob Marley, REDEMPTION SONGS

It is from the African homeland that the true heritage of Jamaica births itself. Consequently, both the Reggae and Rasta movements are also rooted in Africa. Virtually every Black person in Jamaica can claim direct African-slave ancestry. The Jamaicans living today are the posterity of African slaves who were brought to the Caribbean to work on sugar plantations. Shown above: two famous Bob Marley and the Wailers songs relating to slavery. Shown below: African slaves in Jamaica.

relating to slavery. Shown below: African slaves in Jamaica. The roots of reggae music date back

The roots of reggae music date back to slavery times. Planters who celebrated various slave holidays formed orchestras. Their events were filled with a rhythm and a dance that was purely African. A core issue of reggae music stems from the brutality of slavery and colonialism. The rhythms, chanting, and dances have all been maintained in Jamaica since the first slaves arrived from Africa. Current reggae is an extension and a remnant of African music.

The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music

The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music Along the same roots, reggae music reflects the basic rhythmic influences of

Along the same roots, reggae music reflects the basic rhythmic influences of Nyabinghi drumming and is considered the “Backbone of Reggae.” The traditional drumming of the Rasta Nyabinghi helps to keep the vision of the African homeland alive. Few people know that Reggae music is an imitation and extension of the religious drumming of the Rasta Nyabinghi. Reggae music is meant to carry a beat this is in protest towards the injustices of politics, which is what the Rasta Nyabinghi was founded upon. (See Nyabingi chapter.) Interestingly, Jamaica has had a profound effect (mainly because of music) upon the rest of the world. Reggae music, in its various forms, is known in many nations as an enjoyable and pure beat.

The general society of Jamaica, in the beginning of the reggae scene, was opposed to the new music. The emerging reggae music was in rebellion to the establishment of the government and was constantly pointing out the obvious injustices of politics and society. To the educated “Stoosh” Jamaicans, and those who aspired to Babylon, anything coming form America, the U.K., or even Canada was considered superior. This ideology and thought process resulted in reggae being the music of the ghetto and was disregarded to all but the poor class of the Black society. It was not until the rising popularity of Bob Marley, over a decade later, that the masses finally caught on to the power and depth of the Reggae-Rasta movement and its message. During his lifetime, Bob Marley had almost no following among African Americans. Below, is one of his famous quotes pertaining to his music.

Below, is one of his famous quotes pertaining to his music. “ Reggae Music is always

Reggae Music is always there, ya know. But, di ting dat makes our music so important is our—is the lyrics I tink. Yes, it is necessary to understand da lyrics. Ya know, it have meaning too. But, it becaa some people undastand words, ya know, some people neva got chruu dem sit’ation dehso. But, majority of the world suffa—masses of the people suffa— dis music come from di masses of the people, ya know?” -Bob Marley

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The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music For a tiny impoverished island that has only been an independent nation

For a tiny impoverished island that has only been an independent nation since 1962, Jamaica has produced a truly astonishing realm of music. The new music era started with Ska (1960-’66) then to Rock Steady (1966-’68) then to various forms of mainly Rasta developed music named Reggae. The music from 1969-1974 is called “Early Reggae,” and music from 1974-1983 is “Roots Reggae.” The current and popular reggae is called Dancehall Reggae, which began in 1983.

During the 1970s, Rasta-inspired reggae themes became central to the sprouting national consciousness of Jamaica. The most famous of all reggae-Rastas was (and still is) Bob Marley. Other famous dreadlocked reggae-Rastas, who revolutionized reggae, were Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Jacob Miller, Third World, and (Islamic non-dreadlocks) Jimmy Cliff. Currently, many reggae artists capitalize in the limelight of the Jamaican-dreadlock-Rasta culture and claim to be Rastas. All the same, it is through reggae music that powerful messages, which are about common social injustices, can be felt and understood. Reggae today, as we know it, probably would not exist if it had not been for the Rastas—especially Bob Marley. Surely, other forms of music would exist in Jamaica, but the vibrations of Ras Tafari were too powerful to be contained solely in Jamaica. The world now knows of Ras Tafari through the dreadlocks of Bob Marley—the one Rasta missionary needed!

By the end of the 1950’s, music all over the developing world was changing to a new beat. The musical pressure in Jamaica was based upon the powerful American Rhythm and Blues influence. R&B soul music was the music of choice for most all Jamaicans at the time. Soon, the Rhythm and Blues came to and end and was replaced by Rock & Roll. The White man’s Rock & Roll era and music were not taken too well in Jamaica. Accordingly, new music was now being created in efforts to imitate the “Soul” sounds and beats found in R&B. The era of Jamaican music was now beginning.

“I“I“I“I hopehopehopehope JamaicansJamaicansJamaicansJamaicans don’tdon’tdon’tdon’t everevereverever forgetforgetforgetforget thatthatthatthat reggaereggaereggaereggae isisisis aaaa culture.culture.culture.culture. It’sIt’sIt’sIt’s notnotnotnot justjustjustjust aaaa music,music,music,music, it’sit’sit’sit’s cultureculturecultureculture belongingbelongingbelongingbelonging totototo us,us,us,us, createdcreatedcreatedcreated bybybyby usususus andandandand wewewewe mustmustmustmust taketaketaketake carecarecarecare ofofofof it.”it.”it.”it.”

–Alton Ellis (Reggae Star)

Jamaica is well known (besides its beautiful beaches) for two things—Reggae and Rasta. Both of these phenomenons originated in Jamaica. Thanks to the influential Bob Marley, to this day, they continue in their progress. It is safe to say that people knowing nothing of Jamaica, except for their idea that it is a “Nice Caribbean vacation spot”, will

The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music

The Rasta Vibration—Reggae Music most certainly have some knowledge about any of the following: Bob Marley,

most certainly have some knowledge about any of the following: Bob Marley, Reggae music, Dreadlocks, Rasta, and Ganja. It seems that these topics are almost always associated with Jamaica. It is true, however, that these all are part of the history, culture, and society of Jamaica. It is safe to say that the Rastas were the people who made a name for Jamaica.

Reggae is a life-loving, life-feeling, and life-giving music. It is of one universal heartbeat. Technically classified as Folk or World Music, Reggae is a very popular sound that is spontaneously generated through experience, emotions, and real circumstances. Jamaicans created Reggae to satisfy their social and spiritual needs in a third-world country struggling to survive under the oppressive rule in the White man’s world. Jamaica, which is the reggae capital of the world, has remained the homeland of Reggae and is now enjoying an elite status in the music world. Many countries play reggae, host reggae concerts, and broadcast reggae through the radio and TV. The powerful and inspirational messages, which are contained in genuine reggae, apply to all people.

“The“The“The“The LyricsLyricsLyricsLyrics youyouyouyou cancancancan analyzeanalyzeanalyzeanalyze TheTheTheThe riddimriddimriddimriddim youyouyouyou mustmustmustmust feel”feel”feel”feel”

–Ghetto Bard Wayne (Dub poet)

Reggae has always been based upon a danceable beat—known as the “Reggae beat”. One genre of reggae music is Conscious Reggae, whose lyrics deal with important social issues and moral messages. Even this reggae music is a music made to dance to.

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The Bob Marley Vibration Part Two: The Bob Marley Vibration 1945-1981 Rasta Prophet And Reggae Legend

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1945-1981

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The Bob Marley Vibration Co-written by Bob Marley and N.G. Williams, a.k.a. King Sporty. The song

Co-written by Bob Marley and N.G. Williams, a.k.a. King Sporty. The song recounted the true story of four post-Civil War regiments of the U.S. Army - the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. These units were composed of black privates under the command of white brass, who fought for a quarter century against the Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, Ute, and Sioux. In the end, fourteen key black

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta There was a Buffalo Soldier In the heart of America Stolen from Africa, brought to America Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

I mean it, when I analyze the stench To me, it makes a lot of sense How the Dreadlock Rasta was the Buffalo Soldier And he was taken from Africa, brought to America Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta Buffalo Soldier, in the heart of America

If you know your history Then you would know where you coming from Then you wouldn't have to ask me Who the heck do I think I am

I'm just a Buffalo Soldier In the heart of America Stolen from Africa, brought to America Said he was fighting on arrival Fighting for survival Said he was a Buffalo Soldier Win the war for America

Dreadie, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoe Woe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo, woe yoe yoe (repeat) Buffalo Soldier, trodding through the land Said he wanna ran, then you wanna hand Trodding through the land, yea, yea

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier Win the war for America Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival Driven from the mainland To the heart of the caribbean

Singing, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoe Woe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoe (repeat)

Trodding through San Juan In the arms of America Trodding through Jamaica, a Buffalo Soldier Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta Singing, woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoe Woe yoe yeo yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoe

campaigners, whom the Indians had dubbed "buffalo soldiers," were awarded the Medal of Honor as part of a public relations move to justify and glorify the genocide of Native Americans, underlining the U.S. government's policy of Manifest Destiny. Such were the ploys that, then as now, comprised the politics of neutralization.

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The Bob Marley Vibration The Beginning of a legend The young and pre-Rasta Bob Marley. Bob

The Beginning of a legend

The Bob Marley Vibration The Beginning of a legend The young and pre-Rasta Bob Marley. Bob

The young and pre-Rasta Bob Marley.

Bob Marley was born of a White Father, Captain Norval Sinclair Marley, and Black Mother, Cedella Malcolm Marley.

“Baan

faddaless,

neva know mi fadda, my madda wuk 30 shilling a week fi keep mi go to school. We hab no education—we have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.”

Nine Mile Jamaica was the birthplace of Robert Nesta Marley. Bob seldom saw his father, who was a British army captain stationed in Jamaica. Sent off by his mother at the age of five-and-a-half, Bob was met by his Father in the city. Bob and his mother believed that Mr. Marley was going to enroll him in school. Upon meeting his father in Kingston, instead of going to school, he was left with an elderly caretaker on the streets. It was on the poor city streets during his primary years that he developed the foundation of his character. Finally, at the age of seven, a friend of Bob’s mother recognized the stray youth and reported his situation. Bob was then shortly reunited with his mother.

Youthful experiences in third-world Jamaica proved to shape his character and develop his heart. It was through his experiences that he was able to empathize with the world’s sufferers. Sufferers, as called by Jamaicans, are the victims, through no cause of their own, of a corrupted worldly system called BABYLON. As peter Tosh said about Babylon, “Is where dem tell you what is right is wrong, and what is wrong is right. Everywhere is Babylon.” Babylon is what all Rastas oppose. Babylon is the system, society, and government that covers the eyes of people and leads the soul astray.

Contrary to Bob Marley being a popular Black icon during his prime, as a youth, Bob was tormented because of his lighter-than-black skin color. At one point, before his worldwide fame, his girlfriend’s brother terminated their youthful romance by saying that he did not want, “No white man screwing up our bloodlines.”

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The Bob Marley Vibration “YaYaYaYa knowknowknowknow IIII havehavehavehave nononono prejudiceprejudiceprejudiceprejudice
The Bob Marley Vibration “YaYaYaYa knowknowknowknow IIII havehavehavehave nononono prejudiceprejudiceprejudiceprejudice

“YaYaYaYa knowknowknowknow IIII havehavehavehave nononono prejudiceprejudiceprejudiceprejudice

‘bout myself. Becaa, why mi don’t have no prejudice ‘bout myself—My fatha is a white and madda black. Now dem call mi a ‘half-caste’ or whateva. Well, mi don’t depon [on] nobody’s side. Mi no depon no black man’s side nor di white man’s side. Mi depon God’s side—da Man ooo create mi an caaz mi fi come from black and white.”

“Robert Nesta Marley, O.M., did more than any other person or group to introduce Rastafari, Reggae, and Jamaica to the rest of the world. Even in death his influence is still being felt.” Barry Chevannes, author of Rastafari.

Photos by Bruce Talamon.

Even in death his influence is still being felt.” Barry Chevannes, author of Rastafari . Photos
Even in death his influence is still being felt.” Barry Chevannes, author of Rastafari . Photos

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The Bob Marley Vibration The Words and Thoughts of Bob Marley This chapter contains actual statements

The Words and Thoughts of Bob Marley

This chapter contains actual statements given by Bob Marley. Since they are just a compilation of his words, this section is not meant to follow any actual interview.

this section is not meant to follow any actual interview. 71 “Some people still searchin’ fa

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this section is not meant to follow any actual interview. 71 “Some people still searchin’ fa

“Some people still

searchin’ fa dis truut here, which dis reggae music yu know bring across ta dem, and di

only purpose it a serve is ta tell RASTAFARI.”

di people

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The Bob Marley Vibration With chalice in one hand and granddaughter in the other, Jah Lloyd,

With chalice in one hand and granddaughter in the other, Jah Lloyd, friend of bob Marley, speaks of the Legend.

Yu memba Bob Marley? I say if yu memba Bob Marley?

Legend. Yu memba Bob Marley? I say if yu memba Bob Marley? “Yes, I an I

“Yes, I an I are talking ‘bout Bob Marley. Yes, yeh mon. I an I bredrin dat tek di soun’ of di Nyabingi outta di ghetto—di akete. Yeh Mon, an tek it and strum it pon di gates—right! An use di walking bass an mek dem stop sing bout girl, an who laas loving, and who laas kissin, and Etcetera.

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The Bob Marley Vibration An him start to bout di truut!” 73 sing now, start to

An him start to bout di truut!”

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sing now, start to

sing

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The Bob Marley Vibration BOBBOBBOBBOB MARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’S WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS “IT JUST HAPPEN.
The Bob Marley Vibration BOBBOBBOBBOB MARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’S WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS “IT JUST HAPPEN.
The Bob Marley Vibration BOBBOBBOBBOB MARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’S WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS “IT JUST HAPPEN.

BOBBOBBOBBOB MARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’SMARLEY’S WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS

WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS “IT JUST HAPPEN. Natural music. Nobody show us how to
WORDSWORDSWORDSWORDS “IT JUST HAPPEN. Natural music. Nobody show us how to

“IT JUST HAPPEN. Natural music. Nobody show us how to play, unnastand? I an I listen funky music soul. This is our soul.

“MY FEELING ‘BOUT DIS MUSIC, is dat dis

music will get bigga, an bigga, an bigga, an bigga and find it’s right people as it get bigga.

“WI CUDDEN AFFORD to buy records so wi lissen to di radio—anything di radio play is what yu hear--- So I wasn’t really into dem tings, I was really into like—ya call it “Spiritual music”, ya know.

“SOMETIME I CAN DIG MUSIC, I can dig

instrumental music. But, lyrics important.

“WELL, YU SEE DI WAY I FEEL ‘bout dis

music is dat it can be copied, you know? But, is not copy do it—is di feel. Yu know, it carry a feel, weh, if yu explain to a musician dem know it, but dem kyaan [can’t] do it.

“DEESE SONGS, people undastand dem or dey can kyaan undastand dem—but ya haffi sing dem just di same.

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The Bob Marley Vibration “THERE IS NO END TO DIS MUSIC, MON. Dis music yu a

“THERE

IS

NO

END TO

DIS

MUSIC,

MON. Dis music yu a go put it up ina yu oouse on a plaque cyaard [card] as one of the vehicles dat help to free di people from dis chains and bondage of oppression.

THE SYSTEM want pure love song. Like ol’ Frank Sinatra, dey don’t want nutten with no protest—it mek too much trouble.

“MY MUSIC WILL GO ON FOREVER.

Maybe is a fool say that. But, when me know facts, me can say facts. My music go on forever.

“WE WANT SOME PEOPLE POWER. AND THE PEOPLE POWER IS RASTAFARI!”

“POSITIVE VIBRATIONS, MAN. That's what

makes it work. That's reggae music. You can't look away because it's real. You listen to what I sing because I mean what I sing. There’s no secret. No big deal. Just honesty—that's all.

“WELL, MI IS A COMMON SENSE MON.

Dat mean when mi explain tings, mi explain in very simple way. Dat mean, if I explain it to a baby, di baby would undastand too, ya know. So, what mi a say now—like di Bible. Di Bible say—God say, Him shall come in a new name and his name shall be dreadful among the heathen.

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The Bob Marley Vibration “IF DEM WAAN WIN di revolution, dem haffi win it wit Rasta.

“IF DEM WAAN WIN di revolution, dem haffi win it wit Rasta. Yu kyaan win no odda way. Becaz’ if yu win odda way, yu a go fight again. When ya’a Rasta win—no more war!

“YOU CHANGE if yu change from Babylon to Rasta, but you can’t change from Rasta to anything. When di truth awaken in you, you can’t do anything but accept di truth.

“WELL, I’VE BEEN A RASTA fram eva since.

Dat means yu is yu own man fram di first time yu own yu’self. Yu do what yu want to do—anything people waan say ‘bout yu, yu don care. Becaa di Bible say, God say, Him shall return King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion in the Tribe of Judah and Him shall come in a new name. Now dat is di reality of di whole truut, and di truut is dat his majesty’s earth’s rightful ruler and dat is Haile Selassie-I, di fers.

“SO DI TEACHING OF HIS Majesty is a truut

towards mankind. Him no make war or nutten—is di teaching yu know. Now dis a di teaching, right? Of some who set di example, how one must follow, how one must live. And his majesty is di only one and di perfect one who do it.

The Bob Marley Vibration

The Bob Marley Vibration “Until the philosophy, which holds one race superior and an other inferior,
The Bob Marley Vibration “Until the philosophy, which holds one race superior and an other inferior,
“Until the
“Until
the

philosophy,

which holds one race superior and an other inferior, is finally, and permanently discredited and abandoned—well, everywhere is war…”(Taken from Bob

Marley’s song “War”, which was based upon Haile Selassie’s 1968 speech in California.)

“SO DAT IS PROPHECY and everyone know dat is truut. And it come out of the mouth of Rastafari.

“I

DON’T

HAVE

A

RELIGION

YOU

KNOW? I am what I am—and I am a Rastaman, so, dis is not religion—dis is life.

“ME NOT OF DI WORLD, ya know. Me live in

the world but I’m not of the world…It’s like Jah say, the West must perish. It’s devils’ country all right.

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The Bob Marley Vibration Devils are people of capitalism and penalism—type of devilism and draculazing. It’s

Devils are people of capitalism and penalism—type of devilism and draculazing. It’s devil controlling. It’s devil running part of earth, you know, while God in Africa waiting for we to argue that there’s devil running this.

“IS

FI

STAND UP AND TALK FI MY

RIGHTS, I know what dat is, see it? And I don’t care ooo di guy is—becaa my rights is my right, is like my life, yu know. All I have is my life. Dat mean if I can say, “I don’t want dis or I don’t want dat”, when I check it out—di biggest man was a baby one time. So, I don’t now weh ‘im get alla deese big ideas wanting to be rulas ova people. See it—and help enforce Devilism. (Laughing) Kyaan dig it!

“MY MUSIC FIGHTS against the system that teaches to live and die.

“FREEDOM to me is when di people unite. Freedom mean I must be free with in myself. My mind must be free. The only way my mind can be free is when I praise Rastafari.

“WE ARE REVOLUTIONARIES, ya know?

Yeh, I see myself as a revolutionary who don’t have no help and no tek no bribe from no one, but fight it single-handed with music.

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The Bob Marley Vibration Get up, Stand Up (By Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. 1973.) Get

Get up, Stand Up

(By Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. 1973.)

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight

Preacher man don't tell me heaven is under the earth I know you don't know what life is really worth Is not all that glitters in gold and Half the story has never been told So, now you see the light, aay Stand up for your right! Come on.

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight

Most people think great God will come from the sky Take away ev'rything, and make ev'rybody feel high But if you know what life is worth You would look for yours on earth And now you see the light You stand up for your right, yeah!

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight Get Up, Stand Up. Life is your right So, we can't give up the fight Stand up for your right, Lord, Lord Get Up, Stand Up. Keep on struggling on Don't give up the fight!

We're sick and tired of your ism and skism game Die and go to heaven in Jesus' name, Lord We know when we understand Almighty God is a living man You can fool some people sometimes But you can't fool all the people all the time So, now we see the light We gonna stand up for our right!

So you'd better get up, stand up, stand up for your right Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right

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Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight.

The Bob Marley Vibration

The Bob Marley Vibration “I REALLY don’t have no ambition yu know? I only have one

“I REALLY don’t have no ambition yu know? I only have one ting dat I really like fi happen, I like to see mankind live together—Black, White, Chinee, any one, na’mean?

“I MUST PICK A PLACE IN ERT weh I know I

must live. And I know I waan live near my fadda, and my fadda live in Ethiopia. So, I must live weh my fadda is.

“DAT IS DI FUTURE. Rasta is di future, seen? I don’t come to bow. I come to conquer.”

must live weh my fadda is. “DAT IS DI FUTURE. Rasta is di future, seen? I

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The Bob Marley Vibration The future of Rasta “Unless other individuals who share the vision of

The future of Rasta

“Unless other individuals who share the vision of Rastafari begin to contribute to the development of a social theory, we will find that the next fifty years of Rastafari will show some trends which will be best described as backward or even stagnant.”

–1983 Professor Leachchim Tafani Semaj, “The Rastafari:

From Religion to Social Theory,” Caribbean Quarterly 26, no. 4 (1983): page 30.

We must look forward as did Marcus Garvey. We must also realize that these are the Last Days, in which ancient prophecies are now being fulfilled! It is only a matter of time before the world will be either united or destroyed. Unfortunately, the prophecies and predictions, which are in the Bible, all point to the latter. The battle has begun and it is in its awakening stages. It is unquestionably up to us to look forward and realize that the power is in the FAR EYE—Ras Tafari!

“Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why.”

–Bob Marley, Natural Mystic (1977)

“Marley may or may not have been the saint some have portrayed him to be. Marley may gave been a shrewd businessman, a sharp dealer. He may have been the most honest man in music. He may have

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The Bob Marley Vibration been a womanizer, or he may just have had a lot of

been a womanizer, or he may just have had a lot of love to give. He may have been a prophet or just another minstrel with a knack for a deep sounding song. It really doesn’t matter any more. What does matter is the music. The music speaks for itself.”—Ian

McCann (Author)

It was in this house (below left), in Nine Miles Jamaica, that Bob Marley was born. The same house is also his humble resting place where a mausoleum has been made (below right). Visitors can come to the house and tour the area by making arrangements with Bob’s Mother, Cedella Marley Booker. Nine Mile is owned and operated by Bob's family. Contact Bob’s Mom at her Email: <cmbe@msn.com>

Bob Marley died at the age of 36. While on tour in the U.S., he
Bob Marley died at the age of 36. While on tour in the U.S., he was taken
ill for several months. In May of 1981, he died in a Miami Hospital. He
died from the culmination of melanoma cancer. Just prior to his death he
was awarded Jamaica’s Order of Merit, which is the country’s third
highest award of recognition The Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, O.M. was
given an official Funeral by the Jamaican people, which was the largest
funeral ever on the island. It was a day of national mourning as the entire
Island of Jamaica overlooked their prophet’s funeral.

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on the island. It was a day of national mourning as the entire Island of Jamaica

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ROCKERS proudly maintains its status as the all- time best REGGAE-RASTA movie.

“The ROCKIN’, RASTAFARIAN REGGAE MOVIE!”

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive The opening scene of Rockers was shot at the hut of Elder

The opening scene of Rockers was shot at the hut of Elder Ashley ‘Higher’ Harris in a remote location high in the hills of Jamaica. This filming of the opening scene involved having to hike on footpaths to the lush tropical hermitage of Higher. In real life, Higher lives a holy Rasta existence in the hills above Montego Bay, Jamaica. Because he is an ultimate Rasta, he does not cut or comb his hair, eat anything that has been killed, or drink anything but spring water. Rastas are known for their herbal healings and during the movie; Higher’s preparations actually healed the movie soundman of a severe skin allergy. Higher greets the audience in the opening scene with a set of outrageously- matted dreadlocks—they have even taken shape of a rug in the back

The opening scene was filled with penetrating ganja smoke created from a Rasta Chalice. Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, the Abyssinians, and the film crew were tightly trucked in Higher’s hut playing the song Satta Amasagana. Authentic Nyabingi drumming backed up the song, which was played by Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus.

Amasagana. Authentic Nyabingi drumming backed up the song, which was played by Ras Michael and the

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Greetings and love. To one and all; in I presence, I-preme coverage

Greetings and love. To one and all; in I presence, I-preme coverage of I heights. Love for everyone everywhere. It is just known that the cooperation of all tounge, color, and people will voice the decision of I heights that shall free everyone—liberate fully everywhere. So, by so doings now, everyone just cooperate with the love

of I heights to survive. Knowing that in dis world, war explosive. The

ways of di ONE solve di problem in the heights of

I coverage in full. So it is I-rey. Loveful

heights.

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The reader should know and remember that many languages and dialects (especially the Rasta dialect) consist of mainly of feelings and expressions rather than correctness of use—like in “Formal” English. To many “Educated” people, Rasta speech is considered being, “Rough, vulgar, and very informal.” The Rastaman does not fear the “Educated” because he knows that his words will be felt as a vibration. The Rastaman says what he says in his own way only because it is the way he feels. Many words, which you will come to know later in the Speak Jamaican section, are descriptive words that have deeper meaning and roots. Nevertheless, the Rastaman’s expressions and words are based on visible truth.

A hard-paying Rasta.

Ah hahd-pea-en Rasta. A good-negotiating Rasta.

A hard-paying man is a type of expression used to describe an individual’s business and street skills. In this case, one who is very proficient and skillful in being paid; hence, a hard-paying man. When something is done ‘Hard’, it is done well.

Rasta slang is the most unique and interesting aspect of spoken Jamaican Patois. The basic element of Rasta speech is the use of the “I.” Such as the following:

I-mon Me, myself, and I. I-rey or Irie State of happiness. I an I Me, myself, and I. The I Me, myself, and I. Also can be the other person. I-ya – Me, myself, and I. Also can be the other person. Di mon –The person spoken of. Rasta – A common term for someone with dreadlocks. Bredrin A greeting and calling to one in friendship. Comes from the biblical word “Brethren.” Also spelled and pronounced Bredren or Brejrin, it is said in its plural and can be said towards one or more people. A true Rasta word for bredrin becomes I-dren.

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The main character of the ROCKERS is Horsemouth. In the movie (and also in real life), Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace is a talented Reggae-Rasta drummer. In the movie, his challenges also become his greatest adventure.

The following is taken from the movie’s first dialog.

H:

T:

H:

T:

H:

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Wha’ppun Trusty?

What’s up Trusty?

Nutten Horse.

Nothing Horse.

Trusty? What’s up Trusty? Nutten Horse . Nothing Horse. Wha’ppun? The mon hab ebbyting deh, Rasta?

Wha’ppun? The mon hab ebbyting deh, Rasta?

What’s up? Do you have everything here, Man?

Bwoy, mi no hab di full three hundred dolla, yu know.

Man, I don’t have the entire three hundred dollars.

Bwoy Trusty, mi broke yu know, Rasta.

Trusty, I am have no money you know.

Well, the I can hold two hundred?

Well, can you take two hundred?

Two hundred? I-mon a hold dat still, yu know Rasta.

Two hundred? Sure, I’ll take that.

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T:

Bwoy, right now yu is a hard-paying mon, yu know! Memba, I want fifty parcent of yu hear sa.

Man, right now, you are a good money dealer, yu know! Rememer, I want fifty percent of this.

H:

I-mon a look ova dat, Rastaman. So, no bodda worry ‘bout dat Trusty, mon. Mi pay di man faawad.

I will see to that, Rastaman. So ,don’t worry about that Trusty. I will pay you later.

T:

Seen—I.

Ok—I see.

H:

Tank yu hear sa.

Thank you sir.

Slang words used:

I-man a hold dat still. When one literally holds something, one has it and is keeping it. Thus, to hold means to take, keep, and possess. This word is used commonly in Jamaica in place of the above words.

Mi pay di man faawad. Rastas replace the word “Later”, which is society’s materialistic concept of time, with the word “Forward”, which is more based on eternal and spiritual progression

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Wa yu waan money fi do? What do you need money for?

Wa yu waan money fi do?

What do you need money for?

The word ‘Waan’ is in accent for the word ‘Want’. It also means to ‘Need’.

accent for the word ‘Want’. It also means to ‘Need’. Horsemouth: Wha’ppun Harry? How’s it going

Horsemouth:

Wha’ppun Harry?

How’s it going Harry?

Harry:

Wha’ppun Horsy?

What’s up Horsy?

Horsy:

Right now, Rasta, now yu waan see mi broke now, Rasta—wha’ppun?

Right now you know that I’m broke, man—what’s up?

Horsy:

Wha’ppun, memba ‘bout di money ya’a say ya’a go gi’mi Rasta?

Hey, do you remember about the money you said you were going to give me?

Harry:

But Rasta, di man no know ‘bout di session business; weh mi and Tommy, and Bobby, and

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Marquis a write a tune fi go in a studio, yu know

Marquis a write a tune fi go in a studio, yu know Rasta?

But Rasta, you don’t know about the session music business; where Tommy, Bobby, Marquis, and I have to write a tune to get to go into the studio, you know?

Harry:

Di man no know bout di bizness—a 20 dolla a side I an I a get, yu know Rasta?

But man, you don’t know about the business—I only get 20 dollars on the side, yu know man?

Horsy:

The man payed two LP Bunny Wailer, Rasta! Mi know dat, Rasta—so jus gi’mi di money mon!

You bought two Bunny Wailer LP’s, man! I know dat—so just give me the money!

Harry:

A ooo tell di mon dat?

Who told you dat?

Horsy:

Mi know dat from bigga source.

I know that from a bigger source.

Harry:

Horsy, Wa yu waan di money fi do.

Horsy, what do you need the money for?

Horsy:

Rasta, mi a show yu, mon. Anytime mi a dweet, mi a dweet hard now, Rasta. But, mi a go buy a bike, Rasta!

Let me tell you, man; anytime I do something it is to the maximum. But, I am going to buy a bike!

Harry:

Wa ya go do wid di bike?

What are you going to do with the bike?

Horsy:

Mi a jus go distribute it Rasta. Mi a sell recaad—ya na see it?

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive ‘Ca, right now, mi no like how di man dem a gwaan

‘Ca, right now, mi no like how di man dem a gwaan wid di bisness, Rasta. An only yu mi caan check pon.

I am just going to be distributing. I will sell records—you see? Because, right now, I don’t like how the business is run. You are the only one I can check with for money.

Harry:

A jus true, yu a mi bredrin, yu know say? An true progress di man a deal wid, seen? I an I support dat to di fullness, seen?

That is right, you are my brother, you know? And it is true progress that you deal with. I’ll support that to the max, you see?

Horsy:

Yes, I.

Yes, man.

Harry:

Mi a go lend yu di money, seen.

I will lend you the money, all right.

Horsy:

True.

Ok.

Harry:

Control dis [Handing a coil of money]. Di man cool

now?

Take this. Are you cool now?

Harry:

Yes mi brejrin—I-rey.

Yes man—great.

Horsy:

Tommy, Wha’ppun?

Tommy, What’s up?

Tommy:

Bwoy, mi dehya.

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Man, I am here.

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Horsy: Rasta, mi say bwoy; right now see mi a go buy

Horsy:

Rasta, mi say bwoy; right now see mi a go buy a bike pon di bisness!

Man! Right now, boy, I will go buy a bike at the place of business!

Bobby:

Love Jah.

God be with you.

Slang used:

Mi know dat from bigga source.

A bigger source is another person who possesses confidential information.

Mi a dweet hard.

To do something hard is to do something the best you can. (Dweet = do it.)

A jus true.

Means that what was said is correct and acknowledged.

Control dis.

To “Control this” means to simply take charge of it.

that what was said is correct and acknowledged. Control dis. To “Control this” means to simply

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Yu neva know mi a come fi dinna? You didn’t know I

Yu neva know mi a come fi dinna?

You didn’t know I was coming to dinner?

The following is the third dialog from the Rockers movie. The charcacters are Horsemouth and his common-law wife Magie.

Magie is sitting down feeding her three children just before Horsy comes home.

M:

Come, behave yu’sef now. Eat up yu dinna. Pick up yu dinna an eat it! Come Mikey, yu belly full? Aright, gwaan an eat now.

[Enter daddy, Horsemouth]

full? Aright, gwaan an eat now. [Enter daddy, Horsemouth] H: Wha’ppun Magie. M: Nutten. H: Yu

H:

Wha’ppun Magie.

M:

Nutten.

H:

Yu got no food deh?

Do you have any food?

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive M: No. H: Wa! Yu hab no food Magie, mon? M: Mi

M:

No.

H:

Wa! Yu hab no food Magie, mon?

M:

Mi neva know say yu a coming to dinna.

I didn’t know you were coming to dinner.

H:

Yu neva know mi a come fi dinna?

You didn’t know I was coming to dinner?

M:

No fooling, I’m serious (seer-ous).

H:

Magie, put dem pon dem bed mon, put dem pon dem bed mon. ‘Tap jump pon di bed now!

Magie, put them on the bed, man. Stop juming on the bed now.

Magie, put them on the bed, man. Stop juming on the bed now. H: Magie, wha’ppun

H:

Magie, wha’ppun to di money yu a say ya give mi, mon? Mi waan fi buy di bike yu know.

Magie, what happened to the money you said you would give me? I want to buy a bike you know.

M:

Yu mean yu a tinking about dat foolishness to buy a bike?

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive H: Wa ya mean foolishness? M: We hab more important tings fi

H:

Wa ya mean foolishness?

M:

We hab more important tings fi tink bout right now dan to buy a motabike.

H:

Yu know ‘ow lang mi a live and yu a move selfish ‘mongst I-mon? Mi no like how yu gwaan so selfish yu know. Look ‘ow long mi a live and yu still so selfish ‘mongst I. Set mi up mon! Mi I-rey mon!

You know how long I’ve lived and you moved so selfish amongst me? I don’t like how you go on so selfish you know. Look how long we’re together and you’re still so selfish. Set me up! I’m good!

 
 

M:

Aright, I gwaan gi yu dat money. Not becaa I promise yu, but I gwaan see what yu gwaan tek dat motabike and do. Becaa I know yu a go broke yu neck off it!

Alright, I am going to give you that money. Not because I promised you, but I am going to see what you will do with that motorbike. Because I know you will break your neck from it!

H:

Broke mi neck? I-mon gwaan be di hardest salesman around town.

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Bwoy mi dawta, mi like how yu set mi up you know,

Bwoy mi dawta, mi like how yu set mi up you know, strictly, no joke business!

Break my neck? I will be the best salesman around town. I like how you setting me up with the money you know, strictly, no joking!

M:

H:

M:

Yes, cool.

Don’t feel no way, mon. Na vex, mon. Mi I-rey, mon.

Don’t feel bad. Don’t be mad. I am happy.

Cool, cool.

Good, good.

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+The Next Morning+

H:

K:

H:

H:

The Next Morning

[Speaking to kids] Wha’ppun, yu hab yu lunch money?

Yes daddy.

Aright, bye bye.

Wha’ppun Magie? Ya na go work, mon?

What’s up Magie? You’re not going to work?

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive M: Mi na work today. Moreova, mi na hab no money. Yu

M:

Mi na work today. Moreova, mi na hab no money. Yu tek all a di money an buy bike.

am not working today. Moreover, I have no money. You took all of the money to buy a bike.

I

H:

Wha cha Magie, mon! Jus cool, mon. Mi hab money, mon.

M:

Cool? Di yuut dem no aks yu fa no food, dem aks mi fa food!

Cool? The youth don’t ask you for food, they ask me for food!

H:

Mi know mi a deal wit. Mi a go mek it, mon. Cool, mon.

I

know what I am doing. I will make it. Stay calm.

M:

Ya know wa ya do afta yu tek alla di money an buy bike? And how know ya gwaan lose more money dan what yu earn? And den drop offa dat bike!

Do you know what your going to do after you’ve taken all of the money to buy a bike? And how do you know if you’re going to lose more money than what you earn? And then drop off of that bike!

H:

Cha!

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Whatever!

know if you’re going to lose more money than what you earn? And then drop off

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The Rockers Movie Exclusive Pon di bizness. At the place of Business. This section shows and

Pon di bizness.

At the place of Business.

This section shows and proves that shrewd bargaining skills are needed to avoid getting ripped off. If you go to Jamaica, don’t pay full street price!

off. If you go to Jamaica, don’t pay full street price! H: Wha’ppun Jah Tooth? JT:

H:

Wha’ppun Jah Tooth?

JT:

I-rey Horsemouth, my drummer, I-rey.

H:

Lang time mi no see you. Watch yah, I-mon wanna buy a bike yu know, Rasta, Jah know.

I havn’t seen you for a long time. Hear this, I want to buy a bike you know.

JT:

Well, see one nice skate yah weh wudda suit yu.

Well, this skate (skate is slang for bike) here would suit you.

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F:

[A dreadlocks friend comes in on the scene to help in the sale] Irie,

Dutty Harry. Irie, Jah Tooth.

JH:

Yes, I. Horsemouth, dis bike yah yu can get fi seven hundred dolla.

Yes, man. This bike here you can get for seven hundred dollars.

F:

Eight hundred wi dida a sell it fa.

We were going to sell it for eight hundred.

JT:

Yes, true. Yes, I.

Yes, that is true, man.

H:

Wa! Mi no hab dat amount a money, Rasta.

What! I don’t have that amount of money, Rasta.

JT:

A true, di I, so wa—a seven a dweet now mon.

That’s true, man, so hear—seven hundred will do it.

H:

Wa! Seven hundred?

F:

Yes Horsy, good bike mon!

JT:

A good bike! Wa yu a chat say mi bredjrin? A good bike, not even tree months old, I-ya. Horsy, yu muss caan pay dat, mon. A one day juggle dat mon.

It’s a good bike! What are you talking about man? This bike is not even three months old, man. Horsy, you must can be able pay this. You can make that in one day.

H:

Five hundred dolla I-mon have.

JT:

Jus come wit seven mon, jus come wit seven hundred dolla mon.

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F:

A more money ina dat yu know, Toothy. I bet ‘im hab more money dan dat.

He has more money in there, Toothy. I bet he has more money than that.

H:

I-mon no hab no more money mon, cool out.

F:

Yu

a ginnal. Gweh! [In a friendly and teasing tone.]

 

You are a trickster. Go away!

JT:

Search ‘im leg now.

Search his leg now.

 
 

H:

[The friend is now searching Horsy’s leg.] How di I like search

up mon so, Rasta? Mi no hab no more money. Mi tell di mon areddi, Rasta! Aright now, gi mi di key now, Rasta. Just mek mi hold pon dat, seen.

How do you like to search up a man so? I have no more money. I told you already. All right now, give me the key. Just let me keep it with this, okay.

JT:

[Giving Horsy the key] Gwaan!