Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. On this page you’ll find Reggae and Rasta Christmas Ornaments for your Bob Marley themed Christmas tree. Reggae is mostly famous through the music of Bob Marley. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.
Reggae is not just a music style, it is also a social movement and through Bob Marley and Rasta a religious one. Reggae began to enter international consciousness in the early 1970s, and Rastafari mushroomed in popularity internationally, largely due to the fame of Bob Marley, who actively and devoutly preached Rastafari, incorporating Nyabinghi and Rastafarian chanting into his music, lyrics and album covers. Songs like “Rastaman Chant” led to the movement and reggae music being seen as closely intertwined in the consciousness of audiences across the world.
Printed on high quality porcelain this unique ornament is perfect for a Rasta tree. It measures about 2.3 inches by 3.25 inches and is oval in its shape. Included with your purchase is a red ribbon to help hang the ornament on your tree.
This is not an ornament that you will find in stores as it is a print on demand product from CafePress.
To help your tree look balanced it is best to have one, three or five of the same ornament to place in different spots on your tree.
The types of music that Bob Marley played were Reggae and Ska so ornaments with those themes also work for celebrating Bob. Ska music is a genre that came before the reggae and rocksteady types of music. It combines Calypso, American Jazz and rhythm and blues to make a unique sound. A love for vinyl is part of the alternative music scene of Ska and Reggae.
Two different looks to an ornament for your Rasta Christmas tree with a cat. A whimsical look that is great for the Rastafarian who also loves his or her cat. The round ornaments measure 2 7/8 inches in diameter. They are printed on fine porcelain and have a ribbon for hanging included in your purchase. They are printed on demand when you place your order.
Just the word Rasta printed in a cool style in the colors of Ethiopia. The one shown is round and about 2 7/8 inches in diameter. You have the option of having it printed on an oval porcelain shaped template or what is called a picture shape. Each comes with a red ribbon to hang on your tree. Printed on demand when you place your order with CafePress.
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Reggae Music Helped Spread The Word About The Rastafarian Movement
Reggae bands from Jamaica and most especially, Bob Marley, helped to spread the word about the Rastafarian movement to the rest of the world. So having an ornament or two on your tree celebrating the music would be a cool idea.
On a more spiritual note you can also have ornaments that show an image of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie from Ethiopia who the Rastafarians believe was Jesus incarnate or the representative of God while he was on earth. Jah is the word for God to Rastafarians and they believe in only one God. These ornaments are 2 7/8 inches in diameter and come with their own ribbon for hanging.
Three ornaments that would look great on your Christmas tree and that celebrate Bob Marley, also. One Love was a song that Bob wrote and sang. Emperor Haile Selassie I was believed to be the representative of God by the Rastafarians. And then there is just a fun one that is plainly about Bob Marley done in the colors of Jamaica. One Love – isn’t it a great song?
More information about the Rastafari faith
The Rastafari movement is an Ethiopian-Hebrew spirituality that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. It is sometimes described as a religion but is considered by many adherents to be a “Way of Life”. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father. Members of the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastas, or the Rastafari. The way of life is sometimes referred to as “Rastafarianism”, but this term is considered derogatory and offensive by most Rastafari, who, being highly critical of “isms” (which they see as a typical part of “Babylon culture”), dislike being labelled as an “ism” themselves.
Many elements of Rastafari reflect its origins in the USA, the Caribbean and Ethiopia, among the negro-spiritual preachers seeking to study the Scriptures away from the plantation Christian mentality of their former slave masters. Ethiopian Christianity traces its roots to the Church of Alexandria, founded by St Mark, and its 5th-century continuation in the Coptic Church of Alexandria. Rastafari holds many Jewish and Christian beliefs and accepts the existence of a single triune deity called Jah, who has sent his son to Earth in the form of Jesus (Yeshua) and made himself manifest as the person of Haile Selassie I. Rastafari accept much of the Bible, although they believe that its message and interpretation has been corrupted.
Eclectic elements in the Rastafari faith include the positive evaluation of cannabis, uncut hair in the shape of dreadlocks and limiting the consumption of meat. Visually the colors Red, Gold and Green are significant.