Jamaican Religion in Brief
Jamaican religion and Jamaican churches may not be one of the most important things a visitor to Jamaica may want to concern themselves with. But if you have an interest in knowing more about the island - possibly on a deeper level - then at least having an understanding of what the locals feel about religion may be of some interest to you.
You will find that Jamaicans are a highly religious people. It could be estimated that there are more churches in Jamaica than bars. It is also estimated that Jamaica has more churches per square mile than anywhere else in the Caribbean. For instance, some of the religions which are more familiar and have their place in Jamaica are the Seventh Day Adventice, Rastafarian, Church of God, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and many more.
Many of these churches have their roots in Europe, however, Jamaica has seen many United States rooted churches added to the island as well.
African based religions like the Rastafarian religion (which is unique to Jamaica), are a smaller part of the religious population but do exist in quite significant numbers.
I can clearly remember going to Sunday School in Jamaica as a child. On the way to church on a Sunday morning we would pass by many other children and their parents on their way to church. They were wearing their nicest clothes and carried bibles which looked tattered and well used.
Church is a serious matter to Jamaicans. But you should not be deceived to think that church for all Jamaicans is from Sunday to Saturday. No, for the most part church is on Sunday and for some religions it is on Saturday. Because Jamaicans love to have a good time, some church goers may get to church on Sunday morning after a long night out on Saturday, but they attend because they were raised to traditionally attend church service, because it was the right thing to do.
If you intend to visit any of the churches in Jamaica, it may be a good idea to do some research and as question regarding the church, religion, and neighborhood in which the services will be held.
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