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Bob Marley (1945- )

Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter, and Rastafarian. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers (1964 – 1974) and Bob Marley & the Wailers (1974 – 1981). Marley died nearly thirty years ago, but remains the most widely known and revered performer of ska/reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

Marley may have been vegetarian, or maybe not - the fact that he was a Rastfarian does not in itself tell us much :

  • Rastafarians try to eat only Ital food (a saltless and 'vegetarian' diet of Rastas). In most cases Rastafarians don't eat meat, but they never eat pigs (fore Rastas pigs are scavengers of the earth). Rastas eat small fish (not more than 12 inches long) but don't eat crabs, lobster, and shrimp (the are also scavengers, but of the sea). They don't add any seasoning like salt or condiments. And they never eat any chemically prepared or unnatural meal in cans. Rastafarians attribute soft drinks to unnatural things so they drink anything that is herbal (tea...)

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  • Many Rastas eat limited types of meat in accordance with the dietary Laws of the Old Testament; they do not eat shellfish or pork. Others abstain from all meat and flesh whatsoever, asserting that to touch meat is to touch death [with the exception of fish which can be eaten], and is therefore a violation of the Nazirite oath. However, the prohibition against meat only applies to those who are currently fulfilling a Nazirite vow, for the duration of the vow. Many Rastafari maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet all of the time.

    these last items suggest he was more vegetarian than the minimum required by Rastafarians:

  • Bob Marley, JAMAICA, Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Composer source: "I-man say don't make Jah body a graveyard for de dead animals!"

  • from islandoutpost.com, reporting on a tribute to Marley in 2008 : The entertainment will be accompanied by cocktails and buffet styles dining that include vegetarian cuisine by the legendary Sister Minnie, a dear friend and former chef of Bob Marley. Other authentic Jamaican dishes will be prepared by world renowned Strawberry Hill Chef Kingsley.

  • from vibeone.com: Celebrating Bob Marley with Food and Fashion - February 3, 2007 - If Bob were alive, his charge would be, 'let's get together and feel all right', giving his blessing to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) staging of 'Ital Food Festival and Fashion Show' in his honour tomorrow. The celebrations, to be staged at at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Hope Road in St. Andrew, is part of a week of activities which will coincide with Robert 'Bob' Marley's birthday on Tuesday.
    The event, slated to celebrate the life and times of the reggae icon, is free of cost and will be jam-packed with activities for the entire family. From the get-go at 5:00 p.m., at least six restaurants will be serving up scrumptious vegetarian delights, such as soy foods and African dishes.
    Food will be available from restaurants such as Eden Gardens, Country Farm House, Vegetarian Delight, African Entertainment and Restaurant, Everything Natural, CG's Vegetarian Restaurant, Earl's Juice Garden and Natural Juice Bar.

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