Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bob Marley and Rastafarian

Bob Marley a legendary reggae singer who is from Jamaica. As Bob Marley was a representative of reggae he was also Rastafarian. Rastafarian is a christian culture in Jamaica started from 1930's. And one of the religious movements that Rastafarian encompass is the usage of marijuana. Most reggae singers are Rastafarian. Therefore it was impossible to have reggae without the existence of marijuana. This is the reason why many pictures of Bob Marley are presented by him smoking marijuana. The colors of a Rastafarian are red, gold (yellow), and green. Bob Marley was one of the key figures in spreading the idea of Rastafarian. During the 1970's Bob Marley's style and music spread throughout the world introducing people the idea of Rastafarian. If you listened to many of Bob Marley's song you might hear the world "ZION" often. Zion is a land where Rastafarian's believe god promised them in Africa which is Ethiopia present. Lion is also an important figure in the Rastafarian. The lion is in the Imperial Ethiopian flag and it is one of the doctrines in the Rastafarian.

Term rasta (which is the shortened version of the world rastafarian) when it comes to a reggae singer, Bob Marley, anything that has red, yellow, green, or just in general people who smoke marijuana for pleasure. It was because of Bob Marley that the idea of Rastafarian spread so fast now a days and it is also a big part in the industrial part. Present days there are products where the idea of rasta is present. There are multiple series of rasta earphones and headphones from Skull Candy which is a audio production company. Also there is a special edition in Burton Snowboards called the rasta board or the Bob Marley board. Because of its effectiveness around the world, rasta became a common thing in daily life. And now a days Rasta doesn't have to relate to the whole Rastafarian belief or reggae or Bob Marley. There are also companies where red, yellow, and green are their main colors such as Dakine. Because Bob Marley was so influential in this part the three colors are often referred as Bob Marley color. Also his contribution to this idea not only spread through out parts of Africa and America but now it is international.

Bob Marley was clearly one of the most influential figures in the world. He changed peoples' perspective about rights, drugs, music, and life. Not only it was influential then Bob Marley's ideas and quotes still reflect on some of the aspects of life we live in today.

"Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction."

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

"Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny."

"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!"

"Rastafari not a culture, it's a reality."

"Love the life you live, live the life you love"

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