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Jamaica: Culture, Customs, and Etiquette

Culture, Common Customs, Business Etiquette

Catelyn Epperson

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Jamaica: Culture, Customs, and Etiquette

Double click anywhere & add an idea Jamaica Culture Trust Family Religion Rastafarian Common Customs Meet And Greet Business Etiquette Relationships and communication Business meetings Business negotiations Location: Island in the Caribbean Sea, South of Cuba Lost tribe of Israel, sold into slavery, taken to Babylon Capital: Kingston 3 counties, 14 Parishes Population: 2,689,133 Official Language: English Language Spoken: Patois (Creole) Ethnic Makeup: Black 91%, Mixed 7%, White/Chinese/Other 2% Religions: Protestant 61%, Rastafarian/Other 35%, Roman Catholic 4% Distrust people of authority Prefer to trust extended family or close friends who are treated as family Prefer to form "partners" Must be recommended by a friend or relative to become group member Fundamental to Jamaican life Highest number of churches per capita in the world More than 100 different Christian denominations (Protestant) Extremely close-knit families Family is most important group a person belongs to Most time is spent developing and maintaining close relationships including aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents Lifestyle and culture, not a religion No written doctrine, organized congregations or paid clergy Many different types of Rastafarians Respect many faiths Ethiopian influence 2 black triangles represent historical hardship and struggle Flag 2 green triangles represent agricultural wealth and hope yellow crossed stripes represent sunshine and mineral resources Proper salutations for time of day Eye contact, handshake, and warm smile Once relationship is established women may hug and kiss on each cheek Use Mr., Mrs., or Miss until relationship is established Wait to be invited to use someone's first name or nickname Men often pat each other's shoulder or arm during greetings or conversation Friendly tone Expect punctuality, although not always successful themselves Expect small talk before business is discussed Somewhat formal Appointments necessary When in Jamaica, allow Jamaican colleagues to decide when it is time to speak business Expect to spend good geal of time reviewing details Avoid high-pressure sale tactics Relationships are viewed as more important than rules Hierarchy: person with most authority makes decisions Appreciate brevity Bargaining is customary and expected Respect is extremely important Direct communicators, expect others to be the same Stand very close when conversing Respect of status: "bossman" or "bosswoman" Enjoy socializing Very reserved until they get to know you Third party introductions Networking and relationship building Dreadlocked Rasta man Red is for the blood that was shed and a common bond between people Green represents the rich motherland of Africa Gold represents the treasures and riches of the homeland Culturally diverse Many different religions and beliefs Respectful and passionate people Must gain TRUST to become a part of the group Pick up some Patois
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