Acknowledgments It Takes a Village to Write a Book
Introduction Rastafarians in Jamaica: The Children of Solomon
5 I and I
11 Never Run Away
Gerald Hausman is a renowned storyteller and award-winning author of more than 70 books about Native America, animals, mythology and West Indian culture, including The Kebra Nagast, introduced by Ziggy Marley. He has presented stories throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and the History Channel and for the Kennedy Center and the American Library Association. He lives in Bokeelia, Florida.
"Day by day, the elders who formed the foundation of Rasta in the
1920s and '30s are passing. Within these pages you will meet a man
who knew Marcus Garvey and an elder who met Haile Selassie I when
he came to Jamaica. You will also meet younger rootsmen whose faith
is constant and true. This book goes straight to the heart with
truths that are seldom written but often said in my home country."
* Cedella Marley, author of the bestselling children's books One
Love and Every Little Thing *
"Folklorist Gerald Hausman takes us deep into the modern dreamtime of Jamaica's backwaters, enthralled by the company of living prophets and conmen, killers and saints, obeah workers and ethereal half-real creatures of the sea. They are all, as his eloquent mythlike prose reveals, the voices of the cherubim and seraphim of old." * Roger Steffens, founding editor of The Beat magazine and coauthor of The Reggae Scrapbook and One Lo *
"Hausman skillfully connects the lives and beliefs of these peaceful and resourceful people-fishermen, wicker weavers, Rasta preachers, respected elders, and wise men and women-through heartfelt conversations that arise spontaneously while sitting under the shade of a pimento tree, in a dusty yard, or by firelight in the cool evening ocean breeze. Rastafarian spiritual wisdom, recounted here in authentic Jamaican patois, emphasizes equality: an unwavering faith and hope in the holy spirit that lives in each human being." * Publishers Weekly, February 2013 *
"Highly recommended, especially for any reader looking to better understand the Rastafarian way of life through the words of the people who practice it." * Midwest Book Review, April 2013 *