“Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

in Rastafarian Prose

Bob Marley

“Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” in Rastafarian Prose

In John W. Pulis’s essay, “In the Beginning” A Chapter from the Living Testament of Rastafari, we see how the lyrical oration of the Bible, referred to ‘vibrations,’ “the revelatory power associated with the word from the acoustics, theatrics, and performance of livical sound. (Bielo 2009)

I will make my best attempt to apply the citing-up of the crucial I-tation used by Afro-Jamaican folk culture. I will use one of my Bible favorites, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” found in the Gospels of Matthew 16, Luke 9, John7 and 9. I am not very familiar with Bob Marley (I bet my Dad is though), but, I am familiar with Tupac Shakur (I know my Dad isn’t). I think that Tupac has that same connection to lyrical oration (rap music) to express spiritual messages.

J:  Cite der so [Matthew 16, 13] Bradda, Wha seh dat I be?

D: J, dem seh John, dat baptize I! dem seh, Elias; dem seh, Jeremias, or dem seh, the prophet, Rastafari!

J:  Bredren! What dem seh cite-up?

D: J, dem Priest seh, dat J be dat Satan; dat go to KILL I-n-I. dem seh dat son of man dat must lifted high, who dat man?

J: Dem jumble-up de word, mix up de vibes, da man no see? Esaias dat prophet be fulfilled dat he speak dat I-n-I feel da vibes. Cite der so faawod, who dat you seh dat I be?

SB: I seh dat r I, dat son of God!

J: Blessed dat SB, fadda mus penetrate de vibe, Ahh, tru I-n-I de chosen, dat be faawod Peter (rock), on dat rock, I Am, mak dat church, tell da man, de no jumble-up de words, de no mystery to I-n-I! Go to all, cite-up dat Word!

One Love by Bob Marley

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