Jamaicans in Jamaica

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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.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Jamaicans in Jamaica.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Jamaicans
People Name in Country Jamaicans
Population this Country 2,696,000
Population all Countries 3,642,000
Total Countries 14
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Panamanian Black
People ID 12316
ROP3 Code 104168
Country Jamaica
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Jamaica
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

Primary Language:  Jamaican English Creole

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The Jamaican New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 32.22 %)
84.30 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.40 %
0.30 %
4.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
4.4 %
12.3 %
0.1 %
Other Christian
34.7 %
43.5 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
Photo Source Masters View / Howard Erickson 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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