February 6, 2010 marks the 65th earth-day of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley OM (Bob Marley). He remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience
Jamaican-born reggae musician Bob Marley, along with other musicians in his genre, also helped to spread Rasta around the world. The term “Rasta” is a shortened term for the Rastafarian movement that emerged in Jamaica in the 1930's and originally started among black members of the poor and peasant classes. Rasta is both a philosophy of life and a religion. Central to the religion is Haile Selassie I who was the last emperor of Ethiopia. In Rasta, Selassie is accepted as Jah, which is the Rasta name for God.
The term “Rastafari” comes from the combination of a term of honor and a name. Ras means “Chief” and Tafari was the first name of Haile Selassie I prior to his coronation. Some individuals see Rastafarianism as a political movement, a sentiment that is offensive to religious Rasta people. The Rasta ideal is centered in simplicity and a natural way of living; self-reliance in favor of materialism; peace, not war, and respect for all living beings.
The true Rastafarian lifestyle includes keeping a vegan or vegetarian diet. The dietary laws are drawn from the Old Testament books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. "Ital" is a term used by Rastas, derived from "vital", which means a natural and healthy way of life. Ital refers to diet, but also may infer a wider ideal of purity, all again stemming from that which is put into the body, or Jah's temple. Pure, organic and unrefined foods are central to the Ital diet, and are said to be closest to the essential Life Force, especially as no killing or blood is involved in Ital "livity" (Rasta living).
As ordained in Genesis 1:29, the Ital diet is a natural path reaping only that which grows naturally upon the Earth.
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." (Genesis 1:29)
Let's share the vision of One Love for all, including ALL the animals we share our world with, in celebration of Bob Marley's message of peace, unity and respect.
"Our duty is to extend the hand of charity to any brother and sister in distress, to every human, animals and plants." - Rastafari philosophy
"Let's get together and be all right."
On Bob Marley Day why not invite some friends over for a delicious Jamaican "Ital" Stew?
2 cups dried beans (any kind, presoaked overnight)
2 medium potatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
12 medium okra
2 cups sweetcorn
3 medium carrots
3 stalks of scallions (spring onions), chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 small green Scotch bonnet (habanero) pepper, minced
3 cups natural coconut milk
1 tablespoon soya margarine
7-12 pimento seeds (allspice)
3 pieces fresh thyme, roughly chopped
2 pints of vegetable stock
2 cups whole wheat flour
Fresh cilantro (coriander) for garnish
Chop the vegetables into chunks or dice them (your preference).
Put the beans in a large pot, pour in the stock and bring to the boil with the scallions, pimento seeds, thyme, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper.
Add the coconut milk and simmer until the beans are fully cooked, then add the vegetables to the pot and cook until just tender.
The stew should be more thickened by now. Add the soya margarine and simmer until melted.
To make the spinners:
Combine the flour in a bowl with enough water to make a stiff, smooth dough. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough so it’s a ¼-inch (6-mm) thick and cut into 12 pieces. Roll the pieces into cylinders, drop them into the simmering stew and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
Garnish the stew with cilantro and serve with brown rice and a salad.
Thank you "EVOLVE!" (on myspace) for posting this. And to re-posters Adele Maria ♥, Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC), and last but not least new mypeace user Phil (who brought this to my attention!) Much Love to ALL of you <3
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.