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    Jamaica Man

    Patrick Treacy

    by Patrick Treacy

    Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres and as much as 80 kilometres in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. Some inhabitants follow the Rastafari movement who believe that Ras Tafari Makonnen, (crowned Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia on November 2, 1930) is the living God incarnate, called Jah. He is the black Messiah who will lead the world's peoples of African origin into a promised land of full emancipation and divine justice. About five to ten percent of Jamaicans identify themselves as Rastafari. The Rastafari movement has spread throughout much of the world, largely through interest generated by reggae music—most notably that of Bob Marley. Patrick Treacy visited the family and village of Nile Mile where Bob Marley grew up on many occassions.