Ras Marcus re: death in the Rastafari Movement
Posted By: selassielive
Date: Saturday, 24 January 2009, at 5:12 p.m.
I have read several of your posts concerning the acknowledgement and remembrance of the transitions of Rastafari matriach and patriarch through memorial services.
I feel that it is something that needs to be addressed as well. The idea that there is no death is just not a practical stance to take sense everything around us shows us that death is a reality. I know that in time the physical body is given back from whench it came. Nevertheless, that person that we know as flesh and blood is no longer with us. So there is a sense of loss to the people who loved and cared for that person.
I remember reading about when Bob Marley passed how ones were upset with his family because they choose to have a funeral given by the EOC. They felt that since Rastafari does not acknowledge death, the family was blaspheming by giving a Rastafari person a funeral.
So what are Rastafari people supposed to do? Do we simply let that personal rot away at the place they transitioned? What are we supposed to do with the body?
As you said, many of these ideas come from the bible. I think it is very well time for Rastafari people to get unstuck from those ideas. There are many native Afrikan peoples, nations, and cultures that acknowledge physical death. So why not the Rastafari movement?
There are many other things that need to be reformed within the mindset of Rastafari people in my opinion. But that is for another post.
I just want you to know that your words have been read and acknowledged and have been agreed upon by I.
There must be something done to preserve the legacies of our dignified elders as well as the preservation and assistance to their families.
Guidance and Itection!
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