Black Roadways. A Study of Jamaican Folk Life.


Narrative of folklife and folkways of Jamaica gathered first-hand by the author during four visits there, 1919–1924. Chapter titles include “Fishing, Trapping, Stock-Raising;” “The Market;” “The Burial of the Dead;” “The Spirt World;” and “Obeah,” the last of which concerns spiritual and healing practices.

There is much on family life and foodways: “She learned about such everyday affairs as building a house and planting corn and yams and coco[a] and plantain—all the ‘bread kind’ of the folk.” Plus chapters on Myal and Pukkumerian spirituality, the Maroons (former slaves), and folk art.


Description: Black Roadways. A Study of Jamaican Folk Life.

Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1929. First Edition. Frontispiece, xvii, [2], 243pp + [21] half tone plates and a fold-out color map. Publisher’s cloth. Bookplate. Dust jacket in fair condition only with old tape repairs on the verso and losses at edges and head and tail of spine. Book itself in near fine condition, an excellent example.

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Price: $75.00

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