Adma & Eve & Rasta

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In his song, “Adam and Eve,” Bob Marley retells the creation of the pair from Genesis and puts in his own interpretation as he does so. He combines egalitarian and hierarchal philosophies and adds some of his ideas as well. In his retelling of this story, Marley seems to believe Adam and Eve worked together in the fall: “In the garden of Eden, but they disobeyed.” They meaning Eve and Adam, they both were at fault for the disobedience. Marley also repeatedly asks “I wanna know why they sin, in the garden of Eden.” Again, he uses the word “they” meaning the pair sinned together and were equal in the commission of the sin. Even though Marley seems to believe Adam and Eve were equally culpable in the commission of the sin, Eve seems to bare the brunt of the blame since she was the one who originally sinned. He sings: “Any anywhere you go, woman is the root of all evil.” He seems to share in the belief that through Eve’s sin, women as a general rule have become emotional temptresses that are the cause of all things bad. He seems to show the belief that if it weren’t for Eve, mankind would be still in a paradisiacal state. Marley also exhibits tendencies to support the idea that the Fall was sexual in nature, that the partaking from the tree was more figurative than merely eating a piece of fruit. He first says “and they (again more egalitarian) broke the fruit of life and every one of us is living in sin.” And again “He was the first one to break a fruit and every one of us is living in sin.” The metaphor of “breaking a fruit,” especially the “fruit of life” seems to suggest the euphemism for losing one’s (particularly a female) virginity. Adam and Eve’s original sin was a carnal one and that unleashed a veritable Pandora’s Box of sin and suffering into the world. Marley also acknowledges the role of Satan in the proceedings, though he gets a casual
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