Jamaica Culture
Our Customs, Traditions and Beliefs

Custom Search

Jamaica Culture: Sports in Jamaica Jamaica Culture: Reggae Beres Hammond Jamaica Culture: Christmas in JA Jamaica Culture: Jamaican Jerk

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.

jamaica culture

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 JamaicaRevivalism 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

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recommended For You ...

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 to ask me the questionI'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours!

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on great Jamaican 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 from their inventory.

As an ardent customer and affiliate I earn a small commission from your purchase, at no extra cost to you. So thanks in advance.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Ready To Vacation?
Please Book With Us...

wellesley gayle - booking link

Was the information helpful to you?
Here is a great way to support our effort.

All you need to do is book your vacation via the reputable HotelsCombined.com search box below.

It can be for travel to Jamaica or anywhere else on earth.

They combine the best deals from across all major booking sites and shows you only the very best!

Not quite ready to book?  Start by searching (below) to get some amazing ideas now.

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See


Trending Now

My Gift To You!


Site Sponsors


Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

JamaicaSunshine Tours.com

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Why Does Jamaicans Speak English?

    Mar 18, 18 08:58 PM

    Answer by Devin Saunds-Dunkley, Associate Writer This question could be answered straight off the bat by saying that we speak “English” because it’s

    Read More

  2. Why Does Jamaica Has The Fastest Runners?

    Mar 18, 18 05:25 PM

    by Devin Saunds-Dunkley Undoubtedly, Jamaica has been renowned for having the best sprinters of all time, whether they remain here and compete for us

    Read More

  3. Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica - For Luxury & Comfort

    Mar 17, 18 09:29 PM

    Enjoy finesse, class, grandeur and luxury at Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica.

    Read More

  4. Education in Jamaica - An overview of the Jamaican education system

    Mar 17, 18 09:12 PM

    A review of the current system of education in Jamaica - by Tamekia Kentish

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.