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Bob Marleys passport would tell you he was born April 6 1945 His mother Cedella Marley Booker would tell you that to the best of her recollection it was exactly two months prior If you asked his Rastafarian brethren when he was born adding that there seems to be no birth certificate for the man they very likely would nod and smile When Ras Tafari Mekonnen ascended to the throne forever to be known as Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia a prophecy was realized and he was seen as a manifestation of the Living God Many Rastafarians believe Bob Marley inherited his legacy and like Emperor Selassie he was never born and so can never die To begin to understand Mr Music as Bob Marley is sometimes known it would help to first discuss Jamaica reggae and the Rastafarian ideology But first in the tradition of linear learning I will discuss the ancestors responsible for the surgence of Rastafarianism the original rebel spirits who fled their captors to live in the hills the defiant seeds that would help grow an orchard of cultural pride and lively dance the Maroons and their respected and even feared equals the Colanty 1655 The British defeated the Spanish in a European war fought not in Europe but on the Caribbean Island now known as Jamaica Black slaves most of them under the whip of the Spanish fought grueling battles with the Dutch Spanish French British and with each other in order to claim right to a place safe in the hills After a time the defiant hill-people came to be referred to as maroons Before the white Europeans had kidnapped black Africans to do their labor for them there were Arawak Indians escaping to the hills at the realization of the insanity of the creatures inhabiting the boats that kept landing on their beaches Both the English maroon and the French marron derive from the Spanish word cimarron
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