“Bob Gnarley” – Reggae Gnome

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WELCOME TO Kathymac Artisan Jewelry!

MEET “Bob Gnarley”…. From Our “Enchanted Gnomes” Collection…

Bob is a 100% Handmade Reggae Gnome made with Socks, Braided Yarn, & Beads.

He is 5-1/2″ Tall to the Tip of his Feathers.  He is Approximately 7″ Wide (including the natural fall of his rasta stocking cap) by 4″ Deep

Bob is Absolutely “Adorable”

All of Our Critters are Limited Edition, One of a Kind and Each Critter Has a Name and an Individual Personality!

TIDBITS FOR MAGICAL THINKERS !!!

What is Reggae and Who is Bob Marley?

“Reggae” comes from the term “rege-rege” which means “rags” or “ragged clothes”, and this gives you your first clue into the story behind reggae music. When it started out in Jamaica around the late 1960s, reggae music was considered a rag-tag, hodge-podge of other musical styles, namely Jamaican Mento and contemporary Jamaican Ska music, along with American jazz and rhythm & blues, something like what was coming out of New Orleans at the time.

Besides its sound, reggae music is frequently associated with the common themes in its lyrics. The earliest reggae lyrics spoke mostly of love, specifically romantic love between a man and a woman. But as the music and the musicians making it made their way into the 1970s, reggae started taking on a heavy Rastafarian influence. Now the love being sung about was not just romantic love, but cosmic, spiritual love, the love of one’s fellow man, and of God, or “Jah”. And when reggae singers weren’t singing about love, they were singing about rebellion and revolution against the forces impeding that love, like the extreme violence, poverty, racism, and government oppression they were witnessing or experiencing on a regular basis.

When reggae music reached more popular international acclaim was after singer Jimmy Cliff released a movie called “The Harder They Come” with a powerful socio-political storyline and an equally strong reggae soundtrack. This sudden global attention and interest in the music paved the way for possibly reggae’s biggest superstar, Bob Marley, to become a worldwide legend, and the name most associated with the genre. Today reggae music has spurred the innovation of a whole new range of musical styles, like modern Jamaican Dub, and been infused into many other popular genres, like hip-hop and rap. Yet still you can find bands in every corner of the world playing that authentic, roots reggae like it was when it started out in Jamaica over 50 years ago.

 

“The Story of Gnomes”

Centuries ago, Scandinavian people believed that elves were house gnomes who guarded their homes against evil.  If you were good, the elves were good to you, but if your were bad, the mischievous elves would play tricks on you.  some of the tricks they enjoyed playing were giving you nightmares by sitting on your head while you were dreaming, tangling your hair as you slept, making your milk turn sour, and stealing your sausages.

Folks believed that if they left a bowl of porridge on the doorstep at night, the elves would be happy and not subject them to their ornery antics.

By the mid-1800s, Elves – already a tradition associated with storytelling and magic, assumed a new significance and their true intention began to be held as nothing else but to help Father Christmas.  And so the Christmas Elves were born.

Even after all these years, the gnomes continue to be a popular, cheerful addition to any home in Scandinavia, during the holidays and beyond!

 

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