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❶Montego Bay, Runaway Bay and in a rural village. The colonial period was marked by conflict between white absentee owners and local managers and merchants and African slave laborers.

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Jamaican Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
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Dining Etiquette Table manners are relatively informal. The more formal the occasion, the more strict the protocol. When in doubt, watch what others are doing and emulate their behaviour.

Do not sit down until you are invited to and told where to sit. Table manners are Continental -- the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating. Meals are often served buffet-style. Do not begin eating until the host invites you to start.

When not eating, it is acceptable to keep your hands in your lap. Try everything since it demonstrates graciousness. Always use utensils to eat. It is considered polite to finish everything on your plate. Networking and relationship building can be crucial to long-term business success.

While Jamaicans are outwardly warm and friendly, they often appear standoffish at the initial introduction because they are reserved until they get to know someone. Do not appear overly familiar at the initial greeting. Socializing is an important part of developing a relationship. Status is respected in Jamaica.

It is quite common to hear someone referred to as "bossman" or "bosswoman" when the person addressing them is not an employee. Jamaicans can be direct communicators and are not afraid to say what they think. They expect others to be equally direct. At the same time, they value tact and sensitivity and dislike overt aggression. They will politely tell you what they think, even if they disagree with what you have said.

They value logic and linear thinking. It is imperative to show deference and respect to those in positions of authority. When dealing with people at the same level, communication can be more informal.

Jamaicans stand very close when conversing. A man may touch the arm or shoulder of another man, or even finger his lapel while speaking. Business Meeting Etiquette Appointments are necessary and easy to schedule. They should be about 2 weeks in advance if travelling from abroad.

Confirm the meeting, by telephone, a few days in advance. Jamaicans expect punctuality although they are not always successful at arriving on time themselves. Meetings will have a friendly tone even though they can be somewhat formal. Expect some small talk before business is discussed. Let your Jamaican colleagues decide when it is time to speak about business. Presentations should be complete and not conceal potential problems. Business Negotiations Avoid high-pressure sales tactics.

They are seen as confrontational. Relationships are viewed as more important than rules. The person with the most authority makes decisions. Hierarchy is important, although not always apparent. Defer to the person with the most authority, as they are most likely the decision maker. Jamaicans are direct and say what they mean.

They appreciate brevity and are not impressed by too much detail. Bargaining is customary and expected. Do not give your best offer at the beginning of negotiations.

Don't put all your cards on the table at one time, your Jamaican colleagues won't. Expect to spend a great deal of time reviewing details before a contract is drawn up. How Can We Help You? We like to mingle: Jamaican has developed a unique type of religion. The primary type called Pocomania which was a blend between European Christianity and African religious practices, the secondary is Rastafarianism.

This religion is practically by a small amount of people in the country, hence is not really a unifying aspect but gives Jamaican culture through religion its uniqueness and hence requires mention. Reggae and its derivatives such as dance hall, rock steady are key for the development of Jamaican culture. This music has its origins in Jamaica and cannot be claimed by any other nation. The captivating type of music has led to a growing following.

Jamaican Art and Clothing are both very important in defining Jamaican culture. Jamaican art has steeped in the depicting Jamaican everyday life. This has manifested it self in sculptures, paintings, collage and craft works. This is a direct shift from the more abstract type of European art and even the African more morbid types of art that focus a lot on history. Jamaican art culture at most does not focus on history.

Jamaican clothing does reflect culture. Though Jamaican clothing and fashion is not as popular as European and African clothing it is defined by the use of primary colors and the popular use of cotton because of the tropical climate. This is yet to be aptly recognized as a part of culture.

Folk lure can often be cited as a part of Jamaican tradition however folk lure is stories and ballads passed down through the generations. Other Arts — Jamaican dance, drama and speech in culture. Primarily Jamaican culture is depicted in dance by folk music, dancing kumina, the quadrille and other Jamaican dances which tell stories of the history of Jamaican sending the message to the young through dance.

Jamaican speech is defined as patois. Though this is actually incorrect as patois is really broken English and French, Jamaica really speaks broken English. The distinct accent of a Jamaican almost embodies the Jamaican culture. There is another great aspect to the arts and culture as the speech or language carries in both, music and art.

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