Anyone that follows dancehall producer, Skatta Burrell, on Instagram, know that he does not take too kindly to Christians and Christianity or any other religion for that matter. This is alarming coming from a man who was born in a country that has the most Christian churches per capita in the world.
Burrell believes that Christianity is the strongest chain that keeps the Black man bounded into a cycle of oppression, generation after generation with no ending in sight. The Downsound Records (DSR) producer had to be reminded that it was Christian men like Marcus Garvey and Martin Luther King Jr., in addition to Muslim men like Dutty Boukman and Malcom X why Blacks have made a lot of progress in the western hemisphere. His response was that men like Garvey, King and Malcolm X would not be religious if they were alive and exposed to all information we are exposed to today.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with Burrell about Religion being a brainwashing tool, it is difficult to not see how deeply tied Jamaica is to The Bible, Christianity, Slavery and Colonization.
Although Jamaica is made up of 98% African descendants, 0% of her parishes are named after any African person.
Below are 7 reasons why Jamaica just might be the most brainwashed country in the world:
1. St. Mary / Saint Mary.
Mary was a 1st-century BC Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth, and the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament and the Quran. The gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament and the Quran describe Mary as a virgin; according to Christian teaching she conceived Jesus while a virgin, through the Holy Spirit.
Saint Mary is a parish located in the northeast section of Jamaica. With a population of 114,227 it is one of Jamaica’s smallest parishes, located in the county of Middlesex.
2. St. Andrew / Saint Andrew.
Andrew the Apostle, also known as Saint Andrew and referred to in the Orthodox tradition as the First-Called, was a Christian Apostle and the brother of Saint Peter. The name “Andrew”, like other Greek names, appears to have been common among the Jews, Christians, and other Hellenized people of Judea.
Saint Andrew is a parish, situated in the southeast of Jamaica in the county of Surrey. It lies north, west and east of Kingston, and stretches into the Blue Mountains. In the 2011 census, it had 573,369, the highest population of any of the parishes in Jamaica.
3. St. Catherine / Saint Catherine.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, or Saint Catharine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine, is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius.
St Catherine is a parish in the south east of Jamaica. It is located in the county of Middlesex, and is one of the island’s largest and most economically valued parishes because of its many resources.
4. St. Elizabeth / Saint Elizabeth.
Elizabeth, also spelled Elisabeth or Elisheba, was the mother of John the Baptist and the wife of Zechariah, according to the Gospel of Luke.
Saint Elizabeth, one of Jamaica’s largest parishes, is located in the southwest of the island, in the county of Cornwall. Its capital, Black River, is located at the mouth of the Black River, the widest on the island.
5. St. James / Saint James.
James, son of Zebedee was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred.
St. James is a suburban parish, located on the north-west end of the island of Jamaica. Its capital is Montego Bay. Montego Bay was officially named the second city of Jamaica, behind Kingston, in 1981, although Montego Bay became a city in 1980 through an act of the Jamaican Parliament.
6. St. Ann / Saint Ann.
Saint Anne, of David’s house and line, was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus according to apocryphal Christian and Islamic tradition. Mary’s mother is not named in the canonical gospels, but is mentioned as the daughter of Faqud in Quran.
Saint Ann is the largest parish in Jamaica. It is situated on the north coast of the island, in the county of Middlesex, roughly halfway between the eastern and western ends of the island. It is often called “the Garden Parish of Jamaica” on account of its natural floral beauty. Its capital is Saint Ann’s Bay
7. St. Thomas / Saint Thomas.
St. Thomas was born a Jew and was called to be one of the twelve Apostles. His birth and death dates are unknown, but his feast day is celebrated July 3.
Saint Thomas, once known as Saint Thomas in the East, is a suburban parish situated at the south eastern end of Jamaica, within the county of Surrey. It is the birthplace of the Right Honourable Paul Bogle, designated in 1969 as one of Jamaica’s seven National Heroes.
So with a country with 14 parishes and half of them are named of characters from biblical fairytales, Skatta Burrell might have a point.
Maybe the 7 parishes listed above should be renamed to the 7 national heroes of the country, with the exception of Bustamante of course; Dutty Boukman could be in in Bustamante’s place.
The above descriptions on both people and places were taken from Wikipedia.