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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Jamaica

Ethnicity

Most of Jamaica's population considers itself of African descent, although many of these people have scant traces of European or American Indian blood. The slaves who arrived to Jamaica came from all parts of Western and Southern Africa, but it seems most were from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, and further south as many were Bantu speaking. There are also a small number of people that claim a combination of ethnicities.

Language

English and English patois are the languages of choice in Jamaica. English tends to be spoken in more formal settings, such as schools and in business interactions, but the locals prefer the more relaxed and natural English patois when speaking amongst themselves. This language is essentially a dialect of English, however with numerous introductions from other languages and with an accent commonly referred to as the "Jamaican accent." Outside standard English few foreign languages are taught in Jamaica

Religion

Over 60% of Jamaica's population is Protestant Christian in some form. Among these religions, none individually have a truly substantial following with Seventh-Day Adventists being the largest group at only 11% of the population. Another 20% of the people claim no religion and about 15% were unspecified with the religion they practice.

Protestantism is a general term referring to nearly every Christian religion that is not Catholic or Orthodox. Like all Christian faiths, Protestants believe there is one God and that His son, Jesus is the savior and forgiver of sins. Protestants also believe that the Bible, which includes the Old and New Testaments, is the only true word of God. Due to this reliance on the Bible, nearly every protestant faith, and even individual, may interpret the Bible differently, which has led to a huge number of Protestant churches.

This page was last updated: May, 2014