Religion is a very important part of everyday life in Jamaica. Primarily
on Saturdays and Sundays the streets are filled with adults and
children holding their Bibles and heading to and from Church.
There is a church on almost every corner of Jamaican streets. I am
serious! Check the Guinness Book of World Records; we are listed as the
country with the most churches per square mile!
As slaves, our
descendants were not allowed to attend church. But, they were given
Sunday as a rest day. On this day, their Masters would attend church
and the slaves were left up to their own devices. So, they decided to
keep church also. These ‘services’ consisted mainly of singing, drumming
This changed somewhat when the Bible was
first introduced by two black pastors in 1770 that were freed and took
up their homes in Jamaica.
They were Baptists and preached and
read to the slaves from the Bible. They eventually setup schools and
taught the slaves to read so they could read and understand the bible
This blossomed into a strong Christianity faith.
To today’s date, Jamaicans have remained predominantly Christians. However, this has been broken off into many different denominations such as:
Church of God,
Seventh Day Adventist
Seventh Day Baptist and
In fact, there are over one hundred denominations in Jamaica, however, the Church of God and Seventh Day Adventist accounting for the major proportion of the group.
The one constant in all these congregations however is Christianity.
With the mixture of many cultures in the island, other non traditional religions were were introduced.
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