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When Jamaica Dances

Edited by Cheryl Ryman

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0008
When Jamaica Dances

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Cheryl Ryman offers an intensive view of the complexities and richness of Jamaican folkloric dance. She sets up a detailed context for her unusually complete description of the dances, giving insights into ways in which all dance cultures can be identified, the African aesthetics and spirituality that define Jamaican dance, and the way a dance event evolves, reflecting what happens in much of the Caribbean. Ryman's extensive descriptions of such traditions as Jonkonnu, Bruckin Party, Buru, Maypole, Mento, Kumina, the Nine Night dances, including dinki mini and guerre, Maroon Kromanti play nation dances, Etu, Hosay, and Rastafari greatly enhance knowledge of the complications of Jamaica's historic folkloric culture.

Keywords: Cheryl Ryman; Jamaican dance; Jonkonnu; Bruckin Party; Mento; Kumina; Nine Nights; Maroons; Kromanti play; Rastafari

Chapter.  13654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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