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The spiritual journey of Ol' Dirty Bastard

Via 3QuarksDaily, Slate has an article on the spirituality of the late Ol' Dirty Bastard (who once wanted to be called, as I recall, Big Baby Jesus) of the Wu-Tang Clan:

Inducted as a 10-year-old into the Scholastically complex systems of the Five Percent Nation—the breakaway sect founded in 1963 by former Nation of Islam minister Clarence 13X Smith—Dirty in his short life would stray wildly from the path, but the teachings stayed with him. Always at his fingertips were the Supreme Alphabet, the 120 Degrees, the Nine Basic Tenets. "The black man is God!" he proclaimed at the end of a 1994 performance on The Arsenio Hall Show. And to an interviewer in 1997: "I'm God. That's my identity, one of the low gods. One of the earth gods—one with a lot of wisdom."

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