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Originally posted by worldwatcher
I believe I have found the source of the nail imprint on HIM Selassie's hand story which validates the beliefs of Rastas that he was indeed an incarnation of Jesus. The source I believe is the account of Rita Marley.
Bob Marley relates to his mother Cedalle while he was living with her in the Unite States of a disturbing dream that he had had. In the dream there'd been a short man dressed in khaki and an old fedora who came through the front door of the house and stood next to the sofa as he had dozed. The man had dug into his jacket pocket and produced a ring, set with a black jewel embossed with some sort of insignia? He took Bob's hand and pushed it onto his forefinger, saying, "This is all I have to give you". (page 214).
Shortly before that "Smile Jamaica" concert Bob and members of his band the Wailers were targets of an assination attempt on Bob's life because of his political involvement. Three days after the concert Bob disappeared, when he resurfaced , he spent a period of convalescence in Miami, New York and Delaware. He then secretly traveled to England. While there, some of the ranking Rasta's in London put him in touch with officials of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In the course of meeting with a number of Ethiopian exiles, Bob was granted an audience in London with Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, son of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethiopia.
It was a private audience, the two men speaking for almost two hours. The Crown Prince talked about his father His Majesty Haile Selassie-his life , his betrayal by his own officers in 1974.Crown Prince Wossen went on to describe the situation in Ethiopia since the coup. The provisional Military Council had taken over the government , promising a civilian democracy and, eventually , a new constitution. Fifty-one year old war hero Lieutenant General Aman Andom had risen as chairman of the council. The military had said it planned to recall the Crown Prince from Geneva, where he was then convalescing after an operation, to be crowned King (which was to be a purely ceremonial post). It was just a ploy; no invitation ever came. The government that emerged from the Ethiopian revolution proved to be Marxist, headed by Mengistu Haile Mariam. Crown Prince Wossen regretted that the International Red Cross had not been more forceful in following through on his request to carry out an independent inquiry into His Majesty's death.
As Marley was leaving, the crown prince said he had something for him. "This belonged to His Majesty,' he said. "you are the one who should wear it." He showed the Rasta a ring. Bob was dumbstruck. It was the ring he had seen in his dream in Delaware- a black stone bearing the figure of the Lion of Judah. Crown Prince Wossen slipped the ring onto bob's forefinger, just as the man in the dream had done. It fit perfectly. Noticing the odd mix of terror and joy in Bob's expression the crown prince asked if something was wrong? Bob told him that a riddle he had lived with for a long time had finally been solved. (pages 294-295).
Bob Marley died on cancer shortly before noon on May 11,1981. Prophet Gad head of the Twelve Tribes had let it be known that when Bob Marley died he wanted Selassie's ring, said to be a precious relic containing actual fragments of King Solomon's own ring. From the moment Bob died until the final minutes before he was sealed in his coffin and placed in the hilltop mausoleum in Nine Miles, Gad's campaign to obtain the mystical gift was unrelenting. But it was conducted with such secrecy and cunning that the over-whelming majority of the people closest to Bob never even guessed the significance of the ring. They never knew where it had come from, or thought to inquire about what, if anything, might become of it.
Unbeknownst to those who made their overtures on behalf of Prophet Gad-from Skilly Cole and Pee Wee Fraser to virtually all of the sect's ruling council (including many prominent Jamaicans who reveled their membership in the Tribes to the Marley family solely for the purpose of helping to obtain the ring)- Bob had taken it off just before leaving Germany and had given it to Diane for safekeeping. At first he mulled over the notion of entrusting it to her against the day it might be given to his son Ziggy, but then he decided he had no right to give it to anyone under any circumstances. (Besides Bob 's other three children by Rita-Cedella, Stevie, the infant Stephanie-Bob had seven other children by different woman, who were legally acknowledged: girls Karen and Makeda Jannesta, boys Rohan, Robbie, Kimani, Julian and Damien, the last being his infant son by Cindy Breakspeare. Also, he adopted Rita's daughter Sharon.)
Cedella recalled a visit that Selassie's granddaughter and nephew had paid Bob more than a year before. The meeting took place in the Miami home in which Bob had recently installed Cedella, his half brothers and half sisters. Bob, Cedella and Selassie's kin were sitting in the living room talking when Bob indicated the ring, which he never removed.
"Dis indeed was His majesty's ring? He asked.
The Ethiopians nodded, saying that it was the very ring the emperor had worn throughout his life. Bob was silent for a few moments and then, softly, matter-of-factly, but, in a voice that trembled in a way Cedella had never thought possible, he said, "Ya know. Sometimes dis ring, it burn my finger, like fire".
The ring was on his finger when Robert Nesta Marley, O.M. lay in state in Jamaica, and once the coffin was sealed in a closed-door ceremony, the question of its whereabouts was likewise sealed. At the interment of Bob Marleys remains approached, Prophet Gad was rumored to be in a righteous rage beyond describing.
Finally, when Bob Marley was buried and all Jamaica had bade him farewell, top ranking members of the Twelve Tribes of Israel presented Diane Jobson with a bill for three thousand dollars, telling her it was for ceremonial services rendered by the sect during the funeral services. She was appalled. "Yah nuh get thirty pieces a silver from me, Judases" she spat back. The delegation of Twelve Tribesmen next confronted Cedella Marley Booker and demanded to know what had become of Bob's mystical Solomonic legacy? At first, she didn't quite comprehend what they were getting at.
A recent convert to Rasta herself, she discussed the Scriptures, principally the Book of Revelation, and she talked about Daniel, who was a prophet held captive in Babylon in the sixth century B.C., had predicted woeful events that were to occur between 1948 and the end of the twentieth century, as preludes to the Apocalypse. She also fretted that Bob's godmother, Roslyn Downs, who had never stood by him, had actually had the nerve to phone, saying. "But, Caddy, me never know Nesta was a prophet" Cedella said she pitted the women, and the quoted aloud from Matthew 25:13. "watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour."
The Twelve Tribes leaders were becoming impatient with these musings. Where had the ring gone?
"De ring gwan back at where it come from, same as Bob," said Cedella, still contemplative, her head bowed.
Where? They asked, Where was that? Tell us! Yahso! Exactly where was Solomon's ring to be found?
Cedella looked up, her eyes narrowing as she scrutinized her interrogators. Then her expression relaxed, a smile playing on her lips. She realized that these people, who called themselves Rasta, actually did not know the whereabouts of the ring.
"De ring gwan back from whence it came," she repeated, her voice quiet but firm. "It back on His Majesty's mighty hand. And yuh," she added, still more quietly, "know neither de day nor the de hour."
A magic ring called the "Seal of Solomon" was supposedly given to Solomon, and gave him power over demons. The magical symbol said to have been on the Seal of Solomon which made it work is now better known as the Star of David. Asmodeus, king of demons, was one day, according to the classical Rabbis, captured by Benaiah using the ring, and was forced to remain in Solomon's service. In one tale, Asmodeus brought a man with two heads from under the earth to show Solomon; the man, unable to return, married a woman from Jerusalem and had seven sons, six of whom resembled the mother, while one resembled the father in having two heads. After their father's death, the son with two heads claimed two shares of the inheritance, arguing that he was two men; Solomon, owing to his huge wisdom (according to the tale), decided that the son with two heads was only one man.
With the passing of Zewditu, Tafari himself rose to Emperor and was proclaimed Neguse Negest ze-'Ityopp'ya, "King of Kings of Ethiopia". He was crowned on 2 November 1930, at Addis Ababa's Cathedral of St. George. The coronation was by all accounts "a most splendid affair", and it was attended by royals and dignitaries from all over the world. Among those in attendance were George V's son Prince Henry, Marshal Franchet d'Esperey of France, and the Prince of Udine representing Italy. Emissaries from the United States, Egypt, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, and Japan were also present. British author Evelyn Waugh was also present, penning a contemporary report on the event. One newspaper report suggested that the celebration may have incurred a cost in excess of $3,000,000. Many of those in attendance received lavish gifts; in one instance, the Christian Emperor even sent a gold-encased Bible to an American bishop who had not attended the coronation, but who had dedicated a prayer to the Emperor on the day of the coronation.
That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained and until the ignoble but unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique, and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and goodwill; until all Africans stand and speak as free human beings, equal in the eyes of the Almighty; until that day, the African continent shall not know peace. We Africans will fight if necessary and we know that we shall win as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.