Maroons and the “Other Side of People”

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:
Maroons and the “Other Side of People”

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This chapter examines the way the Jamaican Maroons fought for their freedom. It explains that for the Maroons, combat has always been as much a spiritual undertaking as a physical one. It discusses the so-called Kromanti Play, the sanctified space where Maroons “put drum a ring” and call upon their ancestors. This practice remains the ultimate proving ground and the stage upon which Maroon spiritual superiority is publicly tested again and again. This chapter looks at Maroon oral history narratives and sacred songs related to their fete-man or spirit warrior.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; freedom; combat; Kromanti Play; fete-man; spiritual superiority; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  22109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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