A funny thing happened today, I was reading my email and found I had people pissed off at me again, this time for criticizing Rita Marley for her attempt to move Bob Marley to Ethiopia. I had even a brief exchange will Marley worshiping Pastor Brad while at work yesterday. It got me to thinking, “What do I really know about Bob Marley?”
Well, I know his music, but I know nothing of his life besides what I’ve seen in a few documentaries. I started digging on the web and found an interesting rumor. It seems that Bob Marley may have rejected Rastafarianism by becoming a Christian shortly before his death. The basis of the rumor is a interview with Haile Selassie where Selassie very clearly says he is not God and should not be worshipped as such. Selassie sent Bishop Yesehaq to Kingston to establish the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and to help deal with the Rastafarian belief that Selassie was God. According to Yesahaq, Marley converted about 8 months before his death. Yesahaq eventually presided over Marley’s State Funeral, a honor the Ethiopian Orthodox Church only provides to members.
There appears to be other evidence supporting this rumor, like Judy Mowatts comments, an interview with Bishop Abuna Yesehaq, this article and analysis from Gospel City, and a FAQ entry on the subject by LION of Zion Entertainment.
Why does this matter? Because his Nutball aggrandizing widow, Rita Marley, seems intent on exhuming Bob Marley’s body and sending it to Ethiopia to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Marley’s birth this coming February.
I have a better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Marley; the Bob Marley Day Festival in Long Beach