Rastafari: Interview with a Congo Natty
Before we get to the interview, I would like to give you an idea of who is a Congo Natty. This group probable represents the smallest mansion of Rastafari. The Congo Natty lifestyle is what Americans would refer to as being off the grid and vegan in one. They do not part take in shopping or going to the movies. They are rarely seen on the reggae circuit or in the tourist resorts in Jamaica. They are most times seen in the market but still not regularly.
The Congo Natty grows and prepares their food. They also make their own clothes from self-woven fabric. Those who may live near the cities will not drink piped water. They would go to the source of the rivers for water instead. More information will be divulged in the Interview. I was given the privilege to interview a Congo Natty named JAH Thunder at a library in Montego Bay.
The Rastafarian speech is different from Jamaican dialect. Here are some terminologies that are used in the interview. I’ll try to use as much Standard English as possible.
I and I – This means you or me or the lord which is the same in Rastafarian culture. This phrase carries more emphasis than just saying I.
I – same as I and I with less emphasis
Nuh - just an expression, no English equivalent
Niah –Short for Nyabinghi Rastafarian
Higha – Means Lord, can be used as me or you also
Bomboclaat - curse word
Overstand - positive form of understand
Reasoning - constructive conversation
The I – it means you or used when referring to a person
Interview with Jah Thunder (Congo Natty)
Rasta1: Good day natty, I and I would like to ask the I about the I and I faith.
JAH Thunder: Cool nuh Niah. (this means yes)
Rasta1: I and I doing some articles on the internet about the different Mansions of Rastafari.
JAH Thunder: Yes my Lord, What the I want to know.
Rasta1: Why do you refer to me as your Lord ?
JAH Thunder: Are you the Devil ?
JAH Thunder: Then the I is Lord.
JAH Thunder: Sometimes, when you see people for the first, it can be the Lord in disguise, so the I have to know I place on earth. It is important not to fail JAH test that can come anytime in any form.
Rasta1: So the I is saying that I could be God right now.
JAH Thunder: Yes Higha
Rasta1: So if a homeless person walks up to the I and beg the I some money. Would the I give some money?
JAH Thunder: That is one of the most basic tests JAH put to everyone taking on different forms. I don’t handle money, so I would give the I food, clothes or any other resources I and I can spare.
Rasta1: What do the I mean about not handling money?
JAH Thunder: Money is for poor people, I and I have all the food and shelter that I need. Only those who owe Babylon money need money. I don’t owe any supermarket or anyone any money. Money Bomboclaat!
Rasta1: How the I think about the necessity of money and the economy ? People need money.
JAH Thunder: My Lord, Overstand the reasoning. The first trick of Babylon is to take away farming from the people by methods of wars and creating cities, Right. Then they make it impossible to eat food without money. When people are hungry they no longer look to the fields, they now look to Babylon for their bread. Money is an illusion my Lord.
Rasta1: What the I think about credit cards.
JAH Thunder: When the money is not enough to bond the person, them use credit cards, loans, hire purchase and all types of scheme in order to get the person to owe more money and become deeper in bondage.
Rasta1: How the I keep up with trends, when the I live in rural areas?
JAH Thunder: I and I, know everything what happening now like the Arab Spring, drones, H1N1 virus, China dumping US dollars. I and I don’t live in darkness, you know.
JAH Thunder: I and I have a radio and a laptop. I listen to the radio regularly. Some days I forward to the library and surf the internet and download stuff on I memory device then go home and read it on I laptop. I daughter and son give I gadgets all the time. I not using the laptop right now, cause it get infiltrated by Babylon by some sort of virus.
Rasta1: How the I get electricity.
JAH Thunder: I and I have a Rasta brethren that build a wind turbine by reversing the polarity of a fan. Then use it to charge car batteries. He refill I batteries all the time.
Rasta1: The I have a facebook?
JAH Thunder: Burn facebook, I and I will not participate in them mass censorship programs. All these things tie in to schemes of society.
Rasta1: where the I live and why.
JAH Thunder: I live way up in the hills, because the air is clean and farming is easy. I also have access to springs. JAH teach this, destruction of the poor is in the city.
Rasta1: How did you get to the library today?
JAH Thunder: Ten toe turbo, by foot of course. Cars only destroy the ozone and petrol is dead energy. We don’t deal with dead energy. Only deal with living energy. I and I use to have a nice bicycle but it got stolen by the devil.
Rasta1: Why do you think the devil stole your bike ?
JAH Thunder: Because when JAH ask I for food or clothes or anything, I give it to JAH, for I don’t want to fail the test. If JAH did want I bicycle, JAH would just ask for it. But the devil is deceptive and do not believe I am a kind Rasta and just take it from I. I and I is very wealthy and JAH know this. The devil is very lustful and vain. Everything the devil sees on TV, he wants.
Rasta1: So, the I is saying that that the person who stole your bike is the devil.
JAH Thunder: Yes Higha, dishonest people do dishonest things. This is how the devil manifests. Only the devil lies, kills, robs and rapes.
Rasta1: what about firearms for protecting ones property?
JAH Thunder: All firearms should be melted down and made into machineries to till the soil. Only killers need firearms.
Rasta1: What if someone attacked you for your possession with a firearm.
JAH Thunder: first of all JAH protect I and I. I choose to live this simple life with very little possession because I do not want to attract the devil to I. I will not use a firearm to defend I life. JAH defend I life. Wicked people need guns to protect their money bought possessions.
Rasta1: do you smoke marijuana.
JAH Thunder: I am over 50 years old and I have stopped smoking marijuana for about two years now. I now eat it as a vegetable.
Rasta1: How comes you do not look like a 50 year old person.
JAH Thunder: I drink a lot of Irish moss and eat a lot of fruits. I also use coconut oil on I skin to take off some of the sun.
Rasta1: would you mind if I took a picture.
JAH Thunder: No disrespect, No
JAH Thunder: Because you are a member of censored internet programs. The I could easily be infiltrated.
Rasta1: Why do you think Babylon is out to get us?
JAH Thunder: If Babylon love the I, would they sell you products that cause cancer, would they sell guns. This is just common sense. I am not paranoid, it’s just the truth.
Rasta1: Do you grow marijuana?
JAH Thunder: Remember it was the I who wanted to take I picture (Both laughing). I only grow basic crops, I do not want to lose all of I crops because of any marijuana trees. I do not like when helicopters with soldiers and their guns swoop down on my farm. I try to stay away from anything that attracts guns or Babylon.
Rasta1: Give thanks for the reasoning, Congo Natty JAH Thunder.
JAH Thunder: Respect my Lord
JAH Thunder then gave I a bag a peanuts and some fruits and then left. I did not remember to ask Congo Natty about his poetry, as he was also a poet. I know I would not see him for another couple of years. I was very happy to get some information from a Congo Natty for my personal higher learning. I have spoken to a Guru.
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