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BOOKS
Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage
Non-fiction
9789768007148
Publisher: Twin Guinep Publishers, Jamaica, 2003

Jamaica Book Industry Association Award, Best Reference Book, 2004

Recognised as THE reference book on Jamaican heritage for libraries, schools and universities and individuals who simply want accurate information on Jamaican heritage.

The Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage is a unique sourcebook that runs the gamut from ABENG to ZOMBI with nearly 1000 entries arranged alphabetically and some 700 illustrations. The approach to culture is holistic and the method is multi-disciplinary, with accurate information covering the scientific or historic, as well as information from the domain of the oral culture. The Encyclopedia is intended to inform and educate as well as entertain.

Among the subjects covered are:
  • PEOPLE  from all the ethnic and racial groups including the pre-Colombian
  • NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - the landscape and geography, historic sites, beauty and recreational spots
  • PLANTS AND ANIMALS with scientific descriptions and details pertaining to their culinary, medicinal or religious use
  • CEREMONIES,CELEBRATIONS, SPORTS, GAMES AND PASTIMES
  • DOMESTIC and ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
  • FOOD, CRAFTS, TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS
  • RELIGIOUS, EDUCATIONAL and CUTURAL ACTIVITIES and INSTITUTIONS
  • FOLKLORE, MYTHS AND LEGENDS, TALES, PROVERBS and SAYINGS
  • HISTORIC PEOPLE, PLACES and EVENTS
Its accessible style, cross-references, subject-index and extensive bibliography make THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAMAICAN HERITAGE the ideal reference work for students, teachers, librarians, translators, visitors, and others seeking an introduction to each topic as well as a guide to further reading. For Jamaicans and other Caribbean people at home and abroad, it will provide countless hours of amusement and entertainment plus answers to the many questions about who we are.
The Encyclopedia is like a Bible, every school should have one.
JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE

The categories unfold like the landscapes of a familiar journey... This is the power of Jamaica's national being...
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Impressively... the Encyclopedia relocates the Jamaican culture within historical time and as a part of the region, a valuable corrective to images of the island as an undifferentiated fragment of the African diaspora.
THE GUARDIAN

The prose is easy to read and the information willingly absorbed.
SKYWRITINGS

Whether you are Jamaican or not it will provide hours of amusement and entertainment and answer the many questions regarding Jamaicans and their culture.
WEST INDIAN TIMES

This carefully researched and lovingly compiled reference book contains almost everything you can imagine about Jamaica.
JAMAICANS.COM

... a labour of love filled with useful mini-essays accessibly written, nicely illustrated and suitable for schools and public libraries as well as Caribbeanists everywhere.
NEW WEST INDIAN REVIEW

My friend, a Canadian of Jamaican descent, turned the pages ecstatically. He was like a child with a new found treasure...
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

... like a treasure store that is visited, no matter how often, for each time we 'visit' new things will emerge for our enjoyment and our education.
THE GLEANER

... all praise to its author and publisher for their high standard, not only for the incredibly detailed content, but also the actual look and feel of the book...
WEEKLY GLEANER, UK

The encyclopedia is addictive.
GLEANER COLUMNIST

... an invaluable sourcebook ...
JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH  LITERATURE

As reference tool... provides answers to frequent questions asked by students, teachers and librarians.
NATIONAL LIBRARY NEWS

A 'compendium of riches...'
ZINC FENCE

...inspires confidence...
BWIA CARIBBEAN BEAT

... a sumptuous feast of facts, a tour de force ...
SHE Caribbean

Once I got my hands on it, I couldn't put it down. Page after page, I didn't peruse, but absorbed.
CARIBBEAN CAMERA

... a treasure trove for all concerned with Jamaica and the culture of the Caribbean.
KUNAPIPI

With stunning colour and black and white images, this encyclopedia documents the diverse history that is not always written down...
CARIBBEANTALES.ORG