Wednesday, July 23, 2008

keep jah inside

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie (1892-1975) ethiopian statesman

july 23rd is the birthday of lij tafari makonnen. most of us know him by the name he was given when he became the emperor of ethiopia - haile selassie I, which translates as the 'power of the trinity.' however, his full title was 'his imperial majesty haile selassie I, conquering lion of the tribe of judah, king of kings of ethiopia and elect of god' - wow, quite a mouthful! however to rastafarians he is known simply as HIM, jah or jah rastafari.

prior to the emperor gig, haile salassie served as ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930. he reigned as emperor of ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. selassie played a leading role in the formation of the african union and was viewed as a uniting figure in africa. within the rastafarian movement he is considered to be god incarnate.

although he led a resistance to the italian facists invading ethiopia his efforts failed and from 1936-1941 haile selassie was forced into exile. he spent those years in bath, england. after ww II selassie returned to ethiopia. ethiopia became a charter member of the united nation. haile selassie worked to modernize ethiopia and was a voice for africian unity. in 1974 he was deposed by a military coup.

to celebrate jah's birthday here is the song 'war' as performed and made popular by bob marley. the lyrics to the song are derived from a speech made before the UN general assembly in 1963 by haile selassie.

photo: detail mural at lakewood public library

THIS JUST IN: today is also the coffee messiah's birthday! hippo birdie two you coffee!

from the fortune-telling birthday book for those who are born on july 23rd:
You are energetic, vivacious, and rather talkative, and you are very fond of gaiety and social life and like to have an active part in anything you undertake. You are not demonstrative in your love and require affection and understanding from your mate.
from the book the secret language of birthdays: this is the day of uncertainty resolvers. the meditation for those born on july 23rd is: An element of uncertainty is inherent in any act of observation.


Dan Wayne Sims said...

Great post Kim!

Bob Dylan said...

The power of the Trinity. I didn't know that. I'm enjoying these posts very much.

dennis said...

Dennis relates to that lion.

WAT said...

I often think of the African continent and what terrible shambles so much of it is in. It's kind of sad. Racism left over from the European intrusion days still plagues the place. Ethiopia used to be a great kingdom...

bitchlet said...

I enjoyed your post. Thank you, Kim.

What does 2nd Oct say?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dan - nice to see you again. hope the time is flying by for you!

bob - thank you very much it is always great to hear from you.

dennis - maybe you are related to him! what I failed to mention in this post is haile salassie said to be related to king solomon and the queen of sheba...

wat - beyond sad - full blown tragic in this humble mouse's opinion.

b- thanks for the feedback. always good to hear! I'm not always the best about commenting regularly on my nibbles. the old problem with not enough time

oct 2nd from FTBB says: "You possess a sweet and kindly disposition and are well liked and admired; you have many friends and no enemies. You are fond of good literature and the higher type of entertainment. You are musical and you love children and your home. Your love is deep and constant and you will have the undivided devotion of your mate." - a very fine fortune indeed! I look forward to meeting someone with oct 2 as a birthday - perhaps their wonderful traits will rub off on me!

Coffee Messiah said...

Hey, Thanks for the inclusion. The lion in the mural is great.

Listen To The Lion, Van Morrison

Although on the cusp, like most things, there's a bit of truth from the book, but only a little, 4 me anyway.

BTW, another blogger found the Merton book and is sending it. Thanks for the thought, so you won't have to keep looking, unless you wanted it 4 yourself.

Thanks again! Cheers!

I'm still waiting for us to get to Cleveland to see the RRHOF. We'll have to meet for coffee, or something. Although we've been trying to head that way for the last 5 yrs or so. Somehow, Chicago always beckons.....

mouse (aka kimy) said...

coffee - will have to track down that morrison track - surely I have it as I have oodles of van - my only problem is lack of organization!

glad you were able to locate the merton book!

hope you can make it to cleveland. love to meet you (and yours) and if there's anything I can do to help make it so, let me know. cleveland is a great town - very under appreciated and overlooked. proximity and familiarity often influences our decisions on where to go....maybe cleveland can be a site for some future blogger-hood convergence!

hope you had a GREAT birthday!!