Re: Ras Marcus re: death in the Rastafari Movement
Posted By: ras marcus In Response To: Re: Ras Marcus re: death in the Rastafari Movement (knowledge)
Date: Wednesday, 18 February 2009, at 9:53 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Ras Marcus re: death in the Rastafari Movement (knowledge)
Thank you again, I agree with every thing which you have written in you post, It is very clear again that you do overstand the things which I am protesting against. No person upon this earth should think that any book is greater than them, since a book is only printed letters upon paper, which were printed on a printing machine. People have the right to read books, and have it rebuked if it is misleading in any way.
When we were young in the early days of the Rastafari people's movement, we used to go around saying that we cannot die, for the wages of sin is death, and gift of God is eternal life which is a saying which we also found in the bible. So, in those days, if a brother or a sister, passes away, he or she would be regarded as a sinner, and would be completely ignored. Then over the past 30 or 40 years, hundreds of Rastafari people have passed away, but in most cases, the movement refuse to take the responsibilities of having the remains disposed of. The family of the individual would have to take over that responsibility, although he orshe has been living away from their family for many many years. That is very slowly changing today, since there are few Iyadren, who will act as Ministers are priest and do a ceremony, and maybe a memorial on behalf of that person who has passed away.
Here is my suggestion, if there is an assemble of Rastafari people, reasoning or praying or chanting, and a iyadren or sistren should fall to the ground and pass away, the assemble should not walk away and leave the remains there, as if they have never seen or known this person. Proper arrangement should be implemented, with an undertaker, to come and have the remains removed and stored, until arrangements can be made for burial or cremation. There is also nothing wrong with having an assemble after the remains is disposed of, to speak about the community contributions and good works of the person. The journey of life continues. Take the best care of yourself and your people.
Again I send many oceans of blessings and self determination to African people everywhere.
ONE BLACK HEART ONE BLACK LOVE.
Baba Ras Marcus.
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