Bob Marley's is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a United Nations Peace Medal of The Third World recipient, a Jamaican Order of Merit awardee, and is a household name across the world, most notably in Africa. His music has broken down barriers of culture, and is loved by people of all ages and backgrounds.
Marley was a devout Rastafarian, which is a religion, or way of life, that accepts Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, as Jah (the Rasta name for God incarnate). Rastafari is not a centralized religion and those who practice it believe in a concept of "Zion" that rejects modern society, or "Babylon". It is centered in Afrocentrism and considers smoking ganja (marijuana) a spiritual act. Marley's music helped spread reggae music throughout the world, but Rastafarianism is still a marginalized religion. Some devout Rastas believe reggae music to be a complete sellout to "Babylon".
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