| SamoneLenior wrote:|
one more question
for those that are descendants of slaves in your given country
have you or your family attempted to trace your African lineage?
No and honestly most Jamaicans prob. aren't interested plus the cost wouldn't help. Weh me a spen _______ USD pon dat fa? Me have bills to pay and food to buy. Mi done know she me black from mawning" [Why would I spend ______ USD on that for?] I have bills to pay and food to buy. I already know I'm black from morning (jump/birth]
Jamaicans are Fanti, Ibo, Yoruba, Ashanti, Mandingo and Akan/Coromanti. Slaves were from West Africa Ghana and Nigeria in particular. We have a large Maroon community isolated from the rest of us(generally). five towns actually. Nanny of the Maroons led Salve rebellions and legend says she caught a bullet in her buttocks.
Also, Jamaicans have a reputation for being um aggressive and it is said to be the fighting spirit of the Krymanti (it has different spelling) AND that the worst most belligerent, vicious, real warrior/gangsta slaves were dropped off in Jamaica ( a few yrs ago a BHMer said this and she caught heat!)
African based religion are alive and well Kumina, Revival and Myal (now this one I learned about fairly recently and I want to go to see it performed live so bad). These are common place on the eastern end of the island.
Now Jamaica is a place of dichotomy and extremes almost seems bi-polar at times. Uptown (suburbia) vs downtown (inner city) have a tug of war going part and we literally live beside each other. Space is limited on an island. Most suburbs (in the Kingston) on the flat not the hills are bordered or near by a lower income community. Negro elitism at it's finest. Our word for ghetto is "bhuttu" for upitty is "stush" but we still use ghetto uptown downtown middle class. [I remember when uptown kids would deny their uptowness and try to act downtown and hard and their patois was off cause they learned it second hand from helpers and gardeners.
Thank God for Sean Paul (the artiste) he made it OK to be uptown and proud of it]
All that to say that ^^^^^^ show African custom and how it ranges cause uptowners look down upon many things bhuttu, and obeah, kumina and myal are a NO NO. A nine night is an African celebration held nine nights are the death food and singing of hymns long into the night
now uptown the nine night = good amount of food, music playing, liquor, dancing maybe
downtown the nine night= food music liquor, possibly daggering
country= food, music BIG SOUND, liquor, bands (who drum and sing and dance all night) or myal where they call the spirits and get into spirits and it can get scary
There MUST be curried goat and white rice at the nine night. lol