Jamaicans in Jamaica


Population
2,654,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Just 90 miles south of Cuba lies Jamaica, the third-largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Early explorers there encountered mountainous terrain laced with raging rivers, turbulent waterfalls, wild forests, hidden caves, glorious bays and pristine beaches.

Although Jamaica is known for plush amenities and accessible beaches, the average Jamaican lives in a country where several traditional cultures meet. Traditional Jamaican life is marked by many life-stage customs. Weddings are outwardly similar to Western weddings with white bridal dresses and church ceremonies. However, a traditional Jamaican wedding starts the day before with a long feast. Friends play games and eat until dawn when they leave to prepare for the church ceremony. On the Sunday following the wedding, called "Tun T'anks Sunday," the wedding party attends church together and holds an even larger party.

Funerals are similarly lavish. Friends and relatives drink coffee, share food and sing hymns with the family for nine nights after the death. This practice both comforts the family and, some believe, protects them from the spirit of the dead one. After the ninth night, they expect the spirit to be at rest.

In urban areas, unemployment and crime are increasing problems. But despite their turbulent history — or perhaps because of it — Jamaicans reflect resiliency and relaxation in the face of challenges. The nation's music, sports and tourism industries showcase her as a cultural superpower.

Jamiekan or Jamacan Creole English is also spoken and understood in Costa Rica, Panama and is very similar to the creoles spoken in many other Caribbean nations.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity arrived in Jamaica with Columbus in the 1490s, fostering an eventual blending of Arawak, African, British and Spanish traditions. Today, most Jamaicans would consider themselves Christians, more than half affiliating with Protestant denominations.



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People Name General Jamaicans
People Name in Country Jamaicans
Population in Jamaica 2,654,000
World Population 3,717,000
Total Countries 14
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Panamanian Black
People ID 12316
Primary Language: Jamaican Creole English (0 speakers)
Language Code: jam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
English
Primary Language: Jamaican Creole English (0 speakers)
Language Code: jam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
English
For Primary Language: Jamaican Creole English

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2012)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Jamaican Creole English
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The Jamaican New Testament
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 29.00 %)
84.30 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.40 %
Islam
0.30 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
4.4 %
Independent
12.3 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
34.7 %
Protestant
43.5 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
Photo Source: The Masters View / Howard Erickson  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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