This photo came up in my Twitter feed today.  I follow a Twitter account that posts cool pictures from history, and today it posted what is thought to be the last known photo of Bob Marley before he passed away from cancer.  The photo is historically important but also very, very sad.

Marley was a Rastafarian and late in life became a Christian Rasta when he joined the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  Below is the photo.  The “ras” in Rastafari means “head” in Amharic, an Afro-Semitic language, with the connotation of head as leader or ruler.  Saddam Hussein was called, in Iraqi Arabic, the “ra-ees”, which is from the same root.  Most famously the word appears in the Hebrew Rosh Hashanah.  The Jewish New Year is literally “head of the year”.

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