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name Jamaica comes from the indigenous Taino word xaymaca, which means
"rich in springs" or "land of springs."
Life in Jamaica is all about life and enjoying it to
its fullest. The people prefer to play and socialize over work and this is apparent
quickly after arrival. While "tropical paradise" may not adequately describe
Jamaica, its tropical climate gives the people enough food from the land and seas
to survive so they can focus on trying to make the island paradise.
With good living conditions present, the people have little motivation to improve
their lot as many people work as fishers and farmers. Their lifestyle begins after
the work day is over and this is rooted in the people and their past. The
Jamaicans are primarily of African descent and they have maintained traditions
in food, music, and dance while consistently altering these things to suite their
Over time the Jamaican culture has progressed and became something unique, despite
being rooted in Africa. The people regularly meet to listen
to music and dance as reggae music has spread from Jamaica
to nearly everywhere in the world. In conjunction with the music comes "jerk"
food, rum, and in the past, a pipe (although marijuana is illegal and is no longer
The people of Jamaica also love sports, including soccer
(football), but running rules the country and with track & field stars arriving
with each Summer Olympics, the country's youth loves to compete and run in local
competitions and even amongst themselves on the streets or the nearest field.
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