Both male and female names for each day had a different meaning.

I can remember decades ago in high school when I first began dancing in front of an audience...

Instruments were often wound with fiber iun the Gold Coast style.

One of the most recognizable African naming patterns in both North America and the Caribbean is the West African custom of "day names." This means that each day was assigned a particular name, and a baby was named according to which day of the week he or she was born.

For instance, many of the ancestors of present-day Jamaicans, like the Maroons, came from Africa.


“Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is a very original story, which mainly contains the monologue of the mother which is occasionally interrupted by a couple of phrases of her daughter, though these phrases remain unnoticed. In fact, the entire story can hardly be taken seriously because the mother is simply lecturing her daughter from the beginning till the end of the story and her didactic speech seems to be rather exaggerated and it may be viewed as a kind of grotesque rather than a serious learn-how-you-should-live-your-life lecture. The mother practically attempts to make her daughter to live the way she wants to be the best, but the mother does not really take into consideration the position of her daughter and the author intentionally remains the remarks of the daughter almost unnoticed in the entire, tyrant speech. At the same time, by the end of the story it is hardly possible to get rid of the impression that the mother is lecturing her daughter because her own life has failed and she attempts to teach her daughter the lesson of how she should live her own life. In such a context, it is possible to speak about this story as humorous to the extent that humor eventually outgrows into sarcasm.

Ann, Clarendon, and Elizabeth, the original homes of the Jamaican Maroons.

there is no way that a Jamaican Anglican contingency could begin to support such a decision."
The denunciations from the pulpits have a far-reaching effect.

One of the characteristics most useful in pinpointing a group’s origin is their language.

Figure 1: Photograph of Governor Eyre by Henry Hering, circa 1870

Because of threats of violence, "Most Jamaican gays are so far in the closet, they don't even want to write a cheque with our name on it, for fear someone at their bank will expose them." His most promising news was that doors were opening for collaboration with the human rights organization, Jamaicans for Justice, which "up to this point have declined to support us." J-FLAG is also receiving support from Black Gay UK which is sponsoring an online signature drive at for the sodomy law repeal.

Jamaica's Christian pastors are united against it.

Formed under the chairmanship of Charles Buxton, M. P., who later ceded his role to Mill, the Jamaica Committee membership included radical liberal and reformist politicians and lawyers such as John Bright, Frederic Harrison, and Edmond Beales, and abolitionists such as Louis Chamerovzow and Frederick William Chesson. Prominent writers and intellectuals also joined, including the brothers Leslie and James Fitzjames Stephen, Thomas Hughes, author of the popular novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857), philosopher T.H. Green, economist and Liberal M. P. Henry Fawcett, and Oxford historian Goldwin Smith. The Jamaica Committee also received the support of a eminent scientists, including Thomas Henry Huxley, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Sir Edward Frankland, and Herbert Spencer (see Semmel 56-80; Lorimer 180-81). The majority of the Jamaica Committee (excepting Buxton, who resigned but remained a critic of Eyre) strongly believed that the government’s response was insufficient and that Eyre and two of his military officers who supervised the systematic summary floggings and executions, Lieutenant Herbert Brand and Colonel Alexander Abercrombie Nelson, should be tried for murder.

it is reprehensible from a Christian position.

[Why does a man want to dance with another man in front of me?] / That caan gwann inna my land [That can't go on in my land] / From east and west, north and south / Get ready and guns out".

Anglicans claim a mere 5.5 percent.

Mill saw his leadership of the Jamaica Committee as an extension of his plan, while a Member of Parliament, to “reserve myself for work which no others were likely to do” (Autobiography 210).