Jamaican Proverbs From A – Z

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Check out our listing of Jamaican proverbs and take heed, learn, or laugh!
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A faas mek anansi de a house top.
A faitful pramise mek fool glad.
A good conscience is better than a big wage.
A greedy mek fly follow coffin go a hole.
A lawyer looks at you with one eye, but he looks at your pocket with two.
A little axe can cut down a big tree.
A little pepper burns a big man’s mouth.
A man with trousers that are too short should wear long suspenders.
A no evryting kum fram abuv a blessin.
A no want a fat mek nightingale foot stan’ so.
A noh every mango got maggige. Continue reading


A Few Short Prayers

I found this short morning prayer today and although I have never spoken the words before, it prompted me to record other short prayers we said as children in Jamaica.

1) A Short Morning Prayer:

Now I wake and see the light
God has kept us through the night.
Make us good, oh Lord, I pray
Keep and guide us through this day.

2) A Short Bedtime Prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray thee Lord my soul to keep,
If I should die before I wake,
I pray thee Lord my soul to take. Continue reading

What They Called Jamaica

Here are a few descriptions of what Jamaica was called over the years.

1. The original inhabitants of Jamaica – Tainos (Arawaks), named the island Xaymaca which meant . . . “Land of Wood and Water” or “Land of Springs
2. When Columbus heard about Xaymaca (Jamaica) from the Cubans, they described it to him as “the land of blessed gold”. Later Columbus found out that there was no gold on our island. Continue reading

Jamaica Land We Love – Jamaica National Anthem

The Jamaica National Anthem – “Jamaica Land We Love” can be enjoyed in the video below; it is presented as an instrumental piece.

The words of our National Anthem is recognized as a prayer, and the lyrics are as follows:

Verse 1
Eternal Father bless our land,
Guard us with Thy mighty hand,
Keep us free from evil powers,
Be our light through countless hours. Continue reading

Lignum Vitae – Jamaica National Flower

The national flower of Jamaica is the Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum officinale), which is indigenous to our island.

The Latin name Lignum Vitae which means “tree of life” or “wood of life” is very suitable, due to the fact that this flowering, evergreen tree has many medicinal uses. Continue reading