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Jamaicans in Jamaica


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,673,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 84.30 % 32.22 %   

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.

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Country: Jamaica
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Jamaicans
People Name General: Jamaicans
Alternate People Names:
Panamanian Black
ROP3 Code: 104168
Joshua Project People ID: 12316
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,673,000
Population all Countries: 3,848,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: Afro-American, Northern
People Name General: Jamaicans
Ethnic Code: NFB68a
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Primary Language: Jamaican Creole English
Language Code (ISO): jam    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
English (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity84.30 %(Evangelical: 32.22 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.40 % 
Islam0.30 % 
Non-Religious4.00 % 
Other / Small1.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican4.40 %
Independent12.30 %
Protestant43.50 %
Orthodox0.10 %
Other Christian34.70 %
Roman Catholic5.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus film: view in Jamaican Creole Engl ...
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: The Jamaican New Testament
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Jamaicans in Jamaica

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    Afro-American, Northern     America, North and Caribbean    
      Jamaicans Jamaica    
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            Jamaicans in Jamaica          
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      Christianity     Jamaican Creole English  
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