Jamaican Love Poem

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WHAT IS JAMAICA ?

Jamaica is ‘Rum and Red Stripe.’
Jamaica is ‘Kola Champagne & Manish Water.’
Jamaica is ‘Jerk Pork, Scotch Bonnet peppa, Hardough Bread, FryFish&Bammy, Coco Bread & Patty’.

Jamaica is ‘Cornmeal Dumplin, Dasheen, Yam, Coco , Ackee & SaltFish, Black Mango, Star Apple, ‘Doouckunu, Dip-an-Fall-Back, Run-dung.’
Jamaica is ‘Bulla-an-Pear, Totoe , SaltFish Fritters, Peppa shrimps, Blue draws, Roast breadfruit and Corn-pork.’
Jamaica is ‘Escoviche fish, Oxtail, Tripe and beans.’

Jamaica is ‘Jackfruit, Juneplum, Naseberry, ‘Tinking-toe, Ginep and Hogplum.’
Jamaica is ‘Mint Balls, Bustamante-backbone, Paradise plum, Asham, Drops, Gizzada, and Grater cake.’
Jamaica is ‘Bun and cheese , Sorrel and Rum cake.’
Jamaica is ‘Miss Lou’
Jamaica is ‘Anancy and Big Boy stories.’
Jamaica is ‘GRANDMARKET NIGHT!’
Jamaica is ‘Irie, Nyabingi, Boogooyaga, Leggobeast, Boo-noo-noo-nous’

Jamaica is ‘Dandy Shandy, playing Ludo and a ‘quick six of Dominoes.’

Jamaica is ‘Ital stew, Strong-Back-an-Cheny- Root, Irish Mosh, Cirsee or Herb Tea, Castor oil at the end of summerand Senna and Salts.’
Jamaica is ‘Blouse and skirt!, Kin-Puppa-Lick!,
Rhattid!, Blough-wow!, Geeze-u-wiz ! Gouzum!’

Jamaica is ‘Cool runnings, cease and sekkle, haul-an-pull-up and ’nuff respeck.’
Jamaica is ‘Suck-suck and sky-juice.’
Jamaica is ‘Wi likkle but wi tal-a-wah!’
Jamaica is ‘Wey yu a sey?, What a gwan? Whappen? & How it a go?’
Jamaica is ‘bull-buck & duppy conqueror’
Jamaica is ‘Zinc fence and gully water.’
Jamaica is ‘Stop de cow bawlng eena de place.’
Jamaica is ‘Whateva sweet yu gwine sour yu!’
Jamaica is ‘Weh yu nuh kibba yu mout?’
Jamaica is ‘A hell-an-powdah-house dung ya tiday.’
Jamaica is ‘Nu mek mi spit, an it dry up before yu cum back’
Jamaica is ‘Blouse an’ skirt’, and ‘Kiss mi neck back’.

JAMAICA IS EVERYTHING AND MUCH MUCH MORE. – JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE !!
IF YOUR HEART SMILES WHEN YOU READ THIS …YOU’RE DEFINITELY A TRUE JAMAICAN.

History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks And True Rastafarian
A discussion on the popular “dreadlooks” hairstyle cannot begin without highlighting that probably 90% of the ‘dread locked individuals’ you may meet in Jamaica who may call themselves a Rastafarian, are not true Rastafarians. The mysticism, ability to use ganja under the religious justification defense and all the monetary benefits one may get from this has caused this to become a ‘fad’ and many Jamaican men wore dreadlocks and called themselves Rastafarians when they are not. The “rent a dread” stereotype is true in many cases. Many men see Rastafari as a way out of poverty or a means to migrate to a country with better opportunities. Stereotyping has caused everyone with dreadlocks to be viewed as a Rastafarian. A true Rastafarian is peace loving, kind, very Afro centric and shuns all “schemes” used for monetary gains.

History of Dreadlocks
Dreadlocks are not unique to Jamaica and Rastafarians. The dreadlocks hairstyle originated in Africa and was worn by various tribes there. The earliest tribe this hairstyle can be attributed to is the Masai tribesmen of Kenya. Many of the warriors of this tribe wore this hairstyle. These men sometimes dyed their hair red with root extracts.

Dreadlocks in Jamaica
The dreadlocks hairstyle first appeared in Jamaica during post emancipation. It was a means of defiance for ex-slaves to rebel against Euro-centrism that was forced on them. The hairstyle was originally referred to as a “dreadful” hairstyle by the Euro centric Jamaican society. It later evolved to the term now used: Dreadlocks. Jamaicans also use the term Natty Dreadlock.

Dreadlocks and Rastafari
Rastafarians grow their hair into dreadlocks because it is a part of the Nazarite Vow. (Also their dietary rules are part of the law) All Rastafarians take this vow and claim it is commanded by the Bible (Leviticus 21:5 “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard nor make any cuttings in their flesh”).

Samson is believed to be a Nazarite with dreadlocks. Many Rastafarians believe that like Samson, their hair is their strength and also their weakness if it is cut off . The belief in the weakness of cutting of the dreadklocks was used as a way to intimidate Rastafarians in Jamaica in the past, as they would be arrested and their hair cut off. This was one of the reasons many of the early Rastafarians moved to isolated areas (bush) of the Island.

To many Rastafarians, dreadlocks also symbolizes the mane (locks) of the lion in the Lion of Judah, which is one of titles given to all Ethiopian Kings. Emperor Haile Selassie was also very fond of lions and had them as pets around his palace. The lion is also seen as an animal that is gentle but powerful when provoked. He is the “King” of the jungle.

Read more: http://jamaicans.com/dreadlocks

Some Common Misconceptions About Jamaicans

1. We do not sit and around and smoke weed all day long. Of course we could, if we wanted to, because we grow lots of really really good weed but weed is not free and we are a poor 3rd World Country. Only rich Americans can afford to sit around and smoke weed all day, which is why we export it to you.

2. We do not listen to Bob Marley’s music all day long. We listen to his sons’ music all day long. (Bob had several sons, most of whom are musicians. – Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Steven Marley, Ziggy Marley, Julian Marley and Kymani Marley.)

3. We do not say “yeah mon” in every sentence. You’re pretty sure you heard your Jamaican friend in the cubicle next to you say those very same words just a few minutes ago? Well, yeah mon, I’m sure he did but he was probably just making fun of you.

4. We do not sit around on the beach all day growing our dreadlocks and tanning. We’d like to, but people have work to do, mon.

5. Forget that Cool Runnings crap the average Jamaican does not spend his weekends bobsleighing down Blue Mountain peak.

6. We are not the most violent people on earth. Though we’re not the least bit proud of it, according to United Nations statistics, we’re the 4th most violent people on earth. Check your facts son. Don’t get it twisted.

7. Not of all us can run fast like Usain Bolt. We could if we wanted to but who wants to get all sweaty and stuff.

8. When we migrate to other countries we do not work 18 part time jobs. With the world economy being the way it is we’re lucky if we can get 4 or 5 part-time jobs.

9. Jamaica is not a small island in the Caribbean Sea. Jamaica is a global super-power, a force of nature, a world dominator, and a state of mind.

10. We don’t immediately say “bumboclaat” when we get mad. C’mon mon, we’re way more creative than that. We also say rassclaat, mummaclaat, bloodclaat, sicclaat etc.

11. We’re not all expert dancers who immediately “bruck out” and do all kinds of complicated moves the minute a dancehall song is played. BUT, (and please don’t take this the wrong way) even the oldest, blindest, least co-ordinated, most arthritis-afflicted Jamaican has more rhythm than almost anyone else in the world. And you know this.

12. Only Jamaicans born in Jamaica have real Jamaican accents and you cannot acquire one by saying things like “irie”, “booyakah” and “yuhsimi” in every sentence.

13. Not every Jamaican man has 14 babymothers. Some of us have 15.

14. Not every Jamaican woman has a beautiful figure like Shelly Ann Fraser-Price. We are a God-bless country but we’re not that lucky.

15. We are not always trying to be beat the system. Ok, that’s not true. Yes, we are. But that’s because the system is designed to keep us down and it is our patriotic duty as Jamaicans to defeat it.

16. We’re not all smiling and super-friendly like you see in the Tourist Board ads on tv. We’re even nicer than that. Yuhseet mon?

Taken From www.thingsjamaicanslove.com

Jamaica is one of the top 5 countries to win Miss World titles in the World!

The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving and most prestigious international beauty pageant in the world.

It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.

Since the pageant’s inception, only a few countries have earned the bragging rights of claiming more than one Miss World title.

Jamaica is an island that is blessed with some of the world’s most intelligent, beautiful, and curvaceous women.

Despite this, it will still come as a surprise to many that Jamaica has placed first three times and is currently one of the top five Miss World titleholders.

This is quite remarkable when you look at the size of Jamaica compared to other nations.

That means we are currently on par with the United States!

Only Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and India have won the event more times.

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Top 10 Countries to earn Miss World titles

 S.No.

Country

Number of Miss World Titles

 1  Venezuela  6
 2  India  5
 3  United Kingdom  5
 4  Sweden  3
 5  Jamaica  3
 6  United States  3
 7  Netherlands  2
 8  South Africa  2
 9  Iceland  2
 10  Finland  2

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