Jamaica

Land of the Beautiful

Location

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, located in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, about 90 miles south of Cuba and 119 miles west of the island of Hispaniola.

Weather

Jamaica has consistiently warm tropical weather all year round. On the coast, temperatures range from 72°F and 88°F. The annual rainfall averages 1980mm, but nationwide there are some considerable variations, with the east coast receiving considerably more rain than elsewhere on the island. Parts of the Blue Mountains receive an average of 7620mm a year. The south coast sees little rain and in places is semi-barren. Jamaica is a year-round destination, though there are seasonal differences to consider.

Climate

There are two different types of climate in Jamaica. One being an upland tropical area towards the windward portion of the mountains, whereas a semiarid climate doiminates the leeward side.

Language, Folkways and Taboos:

Jamaica's primary language include a creole language called Jamaican Patois. Sounds as if it is a very slang version of English.

Folkways of Jamaica include:

-If you have a guest in your house who has stayed too long, turn a broom up in a corner and the visitor will soon leave.

-It's good luck if a bird messes on you.

-If you want to get rid of a stiff neck, get a left handed person to give you a massage.

-Ladies should not place their handbags on the floor, as this will make them poor.

Taboos of Jamaica include:

-Women smoking

-Men who wear tattoos or earings

Subcultures of Jamaica

Rastafarian is the dominant subculture of Jamaica. This is not only a lifestyle, but a religion as well. The main goal is of this group to have their roots traced back to old African lifestyle. The early beliefs included anti-white Christianity, but in recent years, Rastafarian-ism includes acceptance of all and distrust in corporate.

A subculture of Rastafarian is the Nyahbinghi Order. This culture entails the admiration of Emperor Haile Selassie, as the prophet of God. They also highly value the land of Ethiopia.



Culture Change in Jamaica

Rastafarian-ism is a wonderful example of culture change. No longer do they view others as less than equals. They view all men, whether they be colored or white, as equals. Also, the recreational act of smoking marijuana is becoming less of a taboo and more of a norm. Wearing tattoos and earrings are becoming more of a norm than in prior years.

Sources

Website Title: Jamaica Climate - Flags, Maps, Economy, Section, Climate, Na[…]

  • Website Title: Jamaican Patwah
  • Article Title: Jamaican Patwah - Patois/Creole and Slang Dictionary
  • Date Accessed: April 24, 2015http://jamaicanpatwah.com/