Born Allan Hope on December 26, 1952. His name
Mutabaruka comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one
who is always victorious". He is a Jamaican Rastafarian dub poet. Dub
poetry is Jamaican poetry that is 'musically talked' over reggae music. Mutabaruka is especially well known for the way
he performs his poems. He is also the host of The Cutting Edge on
Jamaica's reggae radio station IREA-FM. You can listen to excerpts from
his radio program at
link. You can also
check out his
dub poetry and his
Quotes by Mutabaruka:
|When asked how long he has been
vegetarian, he answered:
|"About 30 years. I was on raw food for
about 7 years, and I went back for 3 years, but I think I going
to come back again and continue. Raw food is the way to go.
Cooking kill the food. Everybody knows that. Live food for live
people. Sometimes you find it very difficult to keep up with it.
It's somewhat of a mindset, it's a mind thing."
|"The raw thing is a higher level. It's
like you walking a line, but it's not a line really, because it
make you so balanced. Things start to feel more to
you. It gets you more aware, more quicker. You don't sleep as
much. You're not as sluggish."
|When asked whether his diet is
vegan, he answered:
|"Yes. No animal products. I don't use
animal products. I don't use it. I don't wear it. I never given
my children animal products. They don't know how cheese is
made—egg, honey—none of those things. None of those things,
nothing from animals. I grow up my children them that way."
|"My concept of vegetarian is
vegetable. "Vegetarian" come from vegetable. I wouldn't include
milk and cheese and egg and these things. That is not vegetable.
When I say vegetarian, I don't have to say "vegan." That is
terminologies now that make the thing get strange. People say
they are lacto-vegetarian and vegan-vegetarian. You can't be a
lacto-vegetarian and a vegan-vegetarian. You're either a
vegetarian or you're not a vegetarian. A vegetarian is a person
who only eats vegetables."
|"I wouldn't say that I'm not going to eat
animal, but then I wear animal product. That is contradictory to
me. If a man say him don't eat cow, but him wear leather shoes,
that kind of thought is contradictory because it's the same
perpetuation of the killing of the animal to make clothes and to
eat. Human being is the only creature on earth that kill to
|"Even when the Bible tell you "Thou Shalt
Not Kill," it never said "Thou Shalt Not Kill man." It said
"Thou Shalt Not Kill" and full stop. ... If God wanted animals
to be your food, him wouldn't make them with foot to run away,
and with eyes. Food not supposed to have eyes and mouth and
nose. That is not food. Food cannot have eyes. That is crazy."
|"You have a lot of people who are making
the transition to vegetarianism who have this concern about
where you get your protein from. ... When somebody eating fish,
chicken, saying them looking for protein, you already have your
protein in basic nuts, beans, grains. Brown rice have protein.
Red peas, most of the peas, most of the nuts, is mostly protein.
I don't think they should be concerned with it. I think we have
been brainwashed in this protein thing. We already have the
|"A lot of people don't know how their body
function. When I first become vegetarian, and really moved into
the step of raw food, I learned more about my body. It's like
you are the one who is building your temple. You are like the
contractor who is constructing your body so you know exactly
what is what. If something hurt you, you know why it's hurting."
|"One thing vegetarian allow you to do is
to become more compassionate. What I get to understand within
the vegetarian concept is that all life is one. It's just
different manifestations of flesh. The cow, the goat, the bird,
they all flesh. Is of one source, the life source."
|"When you stop eating flesh, you kind of
recognize a certain compassion inside of you. You feel like,
wow, the cow, he don't eat animal, him just there, he don't
trouble nobody. So you kind of start to feel like why should I
kill the cow? The cow don't trouble nobody. The cow just eat
Quotes are from his
2010 interview with 1000 Voices of Dissent.