Our Customs, Traditions and Beliefs
Symbolic of our heritage and history, 'Jamaica culture', as I shall call it, was fashioned around the mixture and influences of our many peoples.
Our motto "Out of Many one People" perhaps provide the perfect definition and insight into our culture.
New! Click here to read my top- tier list of recommended products and services.
We boast a rich blend of African, European, Chinese, Indian and some middle eastern cultures. Of course the early Taino settlers played a pivotal role in our culture as well.
Many of our foods today, for example, are prepared similar to the way it was prepared by the eary Taino settlers then.
The concept of 'Jerk' as well as cassava preparations were inherited from this friendly tribe that inhabited Jamaica then.
By the way, the name Jamaica came directly from them, who called the island 'Xaymaca' meaning 'the land of wood and water'.
The areas of Dance, Music, Folklore, Religion and Language have benefited tremendously from this amalgamation of cultures.
Visit my Religions in Jamaica, Revivalism in Jamaica and my Reggae Music pages for more.
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission organizes the cultural activities of the country.
They also host several yearly competitions in the arts. During our annual independence celebrations, displays and exhibitions in these areas form part of it.
The Jamaican art movement goes back to the early part of the century. Today, many Jamaican artists are internationally acclaimed.
Among these are the late Edna Manley, who emerged as a visionary mother of art in Jamaica.
We cannot speak objectively of Jamaica's culture however without mentioning famous names such as Louise Bennett-Coverly, Basil Watson, Cecil Baugh, Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, Rex Nettleford et al.
All of whom have made significant impact on the Jamaican culture.
I tell you, if I tried to provide you all the information on Jamaican culture on this page, you would still be reading by this time tomorrow!
To make it easier for you, I've written them in sub pages to make is cleaner and more structured for you.
Here they are now, neatly organized in categories. Learn - and enjoy!
Other Pages Related To Jamaica Culture
Go To Reviews Of Jamaica From Jamaica Culture
Return to My Island Jamaica from Jamaica Culture
Recommended For You ...
And, Before You Go!
Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed.
Amazon.com, by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.
Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.
Great Articles You Might Have Missed
Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)
Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.
Top Of Page
About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 8,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.
He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community.