Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Read a Chapter a Day

“Read a chapter from the Bible every day, Old and New Testaments. The greatest wisdom of the age is to be found in the Scriptures. You can always quote from the Scriptures. It is the quickest way of winning approval.”

Marcus Garvey, “Message to The People”, Lesson I


Berhane Selassie (Bob Marley)

Christ comes from Judah

“Well, you know, we teach those things-things like, try to tell the people that we must look forward to Africa because we’re going to have problems in the west. Because of the Bible, you know, we read the Bible, it teaches us that when we see certain things happening, know that these things will happen, and prepare for that. Like how we identified Christ, in his advent as Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First. Because the Bible points us that before the closing of the two thousand years, Christ must reveal again, return to earth, as the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, and him shall be earthright ruler. Because Judah is the lawgiver, that’s what the Bible says. Him shall thy brethren praise. You set yourself apart from Judah and the lawgiver between his feet until Shiloh come and unto him shall gather the people we. So Judah now come to gather the people, the descendents of that tribe, the ruler, the Messiah must come. “
Bob Marley, Interview with Anita Waters, September 18, 1980
Haile Selassie I - Prophecy

The Red Garments of His Coronation

“Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?”. (Isaiah 63,2)
“And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head. And made fun of Him, saying: ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ “ (Mark 15,17)
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” (Revelation 19, 13)
Berhane Selassie (Bob Marley)

A Physical Exodus to Zion

Mumia : “Brother, what’s the significance of the song, Exodus?”
Marley : “Exodus means coming together…the movement of Afrika, of Black people. Exodus from Babylon, we’re in Babylon, and then a physical exodus to Home. But what we really a say is dat, we waan Black people to unite, with one another, Seen? Now, the only way we can unite is to deal wit truth…the truth is that King Solomon and King David is the root and if we gonna deal with roots, we hafta deal from King Solomon and King David time, Lion of Tribe of Judah, ya know? So, this is what I and I say: time for unity! Cause we’s a people, we have something…and we have to deal with it, seen?”
Bob Marley, Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia 1979
Ethiopian I-tal Food

Myrrh – Kerbiè ከርቤ

Myrrh from Ethiopia.
Although it is equated to gold for preciousness by the biblical narrative, and it was given to the newborn Christ, few in Europe know what it is, much less have seen it. The Christian faith should instead suggest its importance to grasp the symbolic meaning of the Nativity mystery, and consequently also a medical and alchemical relevance for man, since it was offered by wise kings, astronomers and “magi”.
It is a substance similar to incense, then a vegetable resin (of a plant called “Commiphora”), that is extracted, then hardens and crystallizes. Myrrh, which is called in Ge’ez Kerbiè ከርቤ, was given to Christ as a symbol of His mortality, since it is traditionally used for the embalming of corpses (even of His own, as attested in John 19:39) and fumigated on the occasion of funeral rites.
Its acrid fragrance, albeit very pleasant, releases a disinfectant power that cleans the air of all impurities, keeps insects away and restores the healthiness of the rooms. It is fumigated on charcoal and embers, but can also be sucked and swallowed, to disinfect the digestive system. Tenifuge.
Ethiopian I-tal Food

Incense – Etàn ዕጣን

Incense, called Ettàn in the Ethiopian language, ዕጣን.
It was given to Christ as a symbol of His priesthood, and is essentially burned by the Church for liturgical sanctification and the inspiration of the faithful. As it was written by the Psalmist (141,2):
“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense”
Just like myrrh, it is a resin that is extracted from the bark of a plant, Boswellia, of which we have many different varieties. Depending on the variety, incense can have different colors and be found in crystalline, stony or woody form.
A particular crystalline variety of Boswellia is used for the liturgy, called “Bietekristiyan” (meaning “Church”). Other varieties are used for home fragrance (like “Ogaden” or “Lubanja”) and during the civil ceremony of coffee (for example, “Aden”).
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