Bob Marley: Died Christian?


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Photo: "Skellig Michael" Copyright Irish Tourist Board.

Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."Photo: Bob Marley / Flag Background. "Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let's get together and feel all right.
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let's get together and feel all right."

-Some of the lyrics of the song, "One Love" from Bob Marley's Album: "Exodus".

Greatest: Album of 20th Century / Song of the Millennium

Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

"One Love" was named song of the millennium by The BBC.

...enormously popular and well-known all over the world. 

Bob Marley's music has continuously grown in popularity in the years since his death...affording him a mythical status in 20th Century music history.  

His posthumous album "Legend" (1984) became the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies.  

He remains enormously popular and well-known all over the world.  Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Bob Marley was noted for being a member of the Rastafarian religion which he joined around age 14.  Rastafari wear their hair in "dreadlocks", worship  Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as God (then living, now deceased --- Haile Selassie himself deplored this) and use Marijuana as their "communion sacrament".

As a Rastafarian, He Refused Amputation of Cancer

In July 1977, Marley was found to have malignant melanoma in a football (soccer) wound on his right big toe.  Marley refused amputation, citing worries that the operation would affect his dancing, as well as the Rastafarian belief that the body must be "whole":

"Rasta no abide amputation. It don't allow a man to be dismantled."

-From the Biography "Catch A Fire"

The cancer eventually spread to Marley's brain, lungs, liver, and stomach.  After playing two shows at Madison Square Garden as part of his fall 1980 Uprising Tour, he collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park. The remainder of the tour was subsequently cancelled.

Bob Marley played his final concert at the Stanley Theater  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 23rd, 1980. The live version of "Redemption Song" on "Songs of Freedom" was recorded at this show.  Marley afterwards sought medical help from Munich specialist Josef Issels, but his cancer had already progressed to the terminal stage.

Converted and Baptised Before Death

A few months before his death from Cancer, Marley was baptized into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and took the name Berhane Selassie (meaning the Light of the Holy Trinity in Amharic).

"Jesus, take me."

According to his Christian mother, Cedella, his final words were "Jesus, take me."


Update: Rita Marley, Bob Marley's wife, was also baptized in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and is currently a Deaconess in that Church, helping to start new Ethiopian Orthodox Churches in Africa.

Note: The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the several Coptic Orthodox Churches that rejected the Council of Chalcedon and therefore is not in full Communion with the greater Eastern Orthodox Communion which includes the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and the several other Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions. _____________________________________________________

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Source: Wikipedia -"Bob Marley" (Text is in the Public Domain.  Photo of Skellig Michael Copyright Irish Tourist Board.) All else: Copyright 2006 S.G.P. All rights reserved.

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