Through Hudade to Fasika with the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, O.M.
I-tations (C) Norman H. Redington, used with permission
Being a series of weekly I-tations (1995) for Abye Tsome inspired by the spiritual melodies of the sweet singer unto JAH, Berhane Selassie.
Abye Tsome: The Great Fast…also called Hudade, or the Day of Duty…actually forty days of duty, or fifty-five with the “Fast of Heraclius”… the long prelude to the glory of Fasika, the Orthodox Easter.
In Ethiopia and among the Orthodox Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica, this is a season of “luminous darkness”, a time to return to roots, a time to renew the spiritual struggle. “Let
us set out upon the Ocean of the Fast; let us prepare for mystical combat…” So they chant.
One way to enter the spirit of the season is to listen with attention to the songs of Bob Marley, whose whole life was a sort of “Abye Tsome” culminating in his Orthodox baptism under the new name Berhane Selassie — a personal Fasika.
Let us set out…