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Leaving and Recalling Africa

Kenneth M. Bilby

in True-Born Maroons

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032788
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032788.003.0003
Leaving and Recalling Africa

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This chapter examines the Jamaican Maroon's recollection of Africa. It suggests that even before the first prophets of Rastafari dreamt of repatriation, the Maroons wore the badge of their ancestry with a defiant sense of pride. Those living in the hills had kept alive the idea of Africa and the Maroons continued to provide Jamaica's masses with an alternative vision even after the abolition of slavery and despite the efforts of missionaries to stamp out any remaining vestige of African culture. This chapter provides the text and excerpts of some Maroon oral history narratives and sacred songs related to their recollection of their African roots.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; Africa; ancestry; slavery; African culture; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  8052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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