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Jamaica Jamaica is a beautiful destination and dreamed of by many. The island nation is south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. The white sand beaches and coastal reefs host a variety of sea life throughout the crystal clear waters. Jamaica is known for hosting marriages, honeymoons, anniversaries, and other special occasions with world renowned resorts, but outside the resorts exists a community widely stricken by poverty and the crime rate is extremely high. The island is full of life and culture. The capitol of
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Jamaica is Kingston and is the largest city on the island. During the 18th century, British planters started bringing African slaves to work the sugar cane plantations. The island has gained it's independence just a little past the middle of the 20th century from Britain and has since become a nation conformed under a Constitutional Monarchy. The official language of Jamaica is English, but Jamaican Patois is widely spoken. Most people of Jamaica couldn't be friendlier, but there is quite a it of racial tension, crime, and poverty which are
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constantly weighed against the beauty and appealing aspect the island has to offer. Many well known people are recognized in the United States and throughout the world such as: Bob Marley, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Naomi Campbell world renowned model, and Lennox Lewis the boxer, among many other representatives. Jamaica is home to many religions and customs practiced by people across the whole island and even those who have migrated to other countries. A striving 65% of the nation's
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population are Christians, with the greater part being protestant due to the British influence among the island. The most wide spread non Christian religion is Rastafari, which was founded on the island and honors Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. The beliefs stated that the emperor was god reincarnated and he has returned to take the people back to the Israel to the Holy Mount Zion in a world of perfect peace. The Rastafarian's beliefs proclaim that they live the way Africans should. Rastafarians follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament
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which includes not eating certain meats and any pork or shellfish. Many Rastafarians sustain a vegan diet with the exception of honey. They also see alcohol as being unhealthy and for the reason it was seen as a tool of Babylon to confuse people and also ingesting something that has come from fermentation is said to be like turning the body into a "cemetery." The Rastafarian movement has pushed and pushed to legalize cannabis for it is a refuge for relaxation. In today's world the Rastafarian practices are becoming more and more accepted in the
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mainstream way of life in Jamaica. The Jamaican culture is usually expressed
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ENC 1101 taught by Professor Barlow during the Spring '07 term at Valencia.

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