Marleys words mean many things to many people. They are
full of sayings, proverbs and wisdom that hold true to
life, no matter what life you lead. Bob's inspiration
was JAH (God), Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie).
These pages are dedicated to the words and life, spoken
and lead by both Bob Marley and Haile Selassie - Rastafari.
I hope you are able to find as much inspiration and
guidance from them as I have. There are a couple of
downloadable posters of Haile Selassies historic speach
to the League of Nations. This speach was later used
by Bob Marley for the basis of his song 'War'. CLICK
HERE TO DOWNLOAD
You can read a biography of Bobs life and view a gallery
of photos of Bob just click on one of the links on the
menu on the right side of the page.
WHAT IS RASTA?
Rastafari movement (also known as Rastafari, or simply
Rasta) is a religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie
I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate,
called Jah or Jah Rastafari. He is also seen as part
of the Holy Trinity as the messiah promised in the Bible
to return. The name Rastafari comes from Ras (literally
"Head," an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke),
and Tafari Makonnen, the pre-coronation name of Haile
The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class
and peasant black people in the early 1930s, arising
from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy partly based
on Selassie's status as the only African monarch of
a fully independent state, with the titles King of Kings
and Conquering Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5). Other
characteristics of Rastafari include the spiritual use
of cannabis, and various Afrocentric social and
political aspirations, such as the teachings of
Jamaican publicist, organiser, and black separatist
Marcus Garvey (also often regarded as a prophet), whose
political and cultural vision helped inspire a new world
The Rastafari movement has spread throughout much of
the world, largely through interest generated by reggae
musicmost notably, that of Jamaican singer/songwriter
Bob Marley. By 2000, there were more than one
million Rastafari faithful worldwide. About five to
ten percent of Jamaicans identify themselves as Rastafari.
Many Rastafarians follow an ital diet which essentially
means living by the dietary Laws of Leviticus and Deuteronomy
in the Old Testament.
View pictures of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie
in the Rasta Gallary or visit other Rasta websites by
clicking on the links in the 'Relates Links' menu on
the right of this page.