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African Retentions in Jamaican Foods

Out of many one people is Jamaica’s motto which speaks to diversity in our apparel, language, appearance and food. Our food reflects the rich mixture of different cultures and over the year various methods have been used to enhance what Jamaicans have learned from ancestors. While traditional methods of foods…

Dreams and Symbolisms, According to African Traditions

By: Marcella Phillips-Grizzle Ethiopian Coptic Cross From as old as mankind is, dreams have been an integral element of our psyche.  It is a feature of our subconsciousness that, during periods of rest, stimulates, and even magnifies, the undercurrents of our thought processes and emotions.  More often than not, dreams…

Holistic Living, According to African Traditions

By: Marcella Phillips-Grizzle For years the African world-view has become an attractive frame of reference for peoples of predominantly African descent who were born, and for the most part, shaped by Western ideology.  However, for many the Westernised pattern of living may be reduced to mere consumerism and a desperate…

Mirroring Abeokuta: From Nigeria to Jamaica

By: Marcella Phillips-Grizzle Abeokuta, Nigeria, is the largest city in the Ogun State, which is located in southwest Nigeria.  It is also the capital of the Ogun State and is situated by the Ogun River.  Abeokuta, which literally means “underneath the rock”, or symbolically, refuge among the rocks, is famous…

Spirit possession in Afro-Jamaican religions and the Kromanti play

          According to traditional religious beliefs in many parts of the world, the behaviour of a devotee during trance in a religious ceremony is due to his being possessed by a god, a dead ancestor, or some other spirit. Such beliefs were brought from parts of…

Ancestral Gifts, According to Bakhushek

Utilizing ancestral gifts is important in the holistic lifestyle practitioner’s desire to achieve ingrained and effortless harmony on a day to day basis.  According to Obehetep Bakhushek, a Jamaica Memory Bank interviewee, the most essential ancestral gift is really the gift of life.  Notwithstanding, he believes that whatever innate skill…

Cultural Survivals and Changes in the Ettu Community

Ms. Kesia Weise’s lecture presentation on the Cultural Survivals and Changes in the Ettu Community was primarily an examination of the continuity of the Ettu cultural practice in Hanover, where the tradition is known only to have been practiced in Jamaica, with the exception being the similar practice of Nago,…

The Revival Table

Spiritual, eye catching, colourful and mouth watering are descriptions used for a Revival table.   A Revival table is a combined religious service and feast.  The temporary ritual dining table arranged with contains an assortment of unsalted cooked food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, fruits, nuts, spices, candles, flowers, medicinal plants…