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Book Chapter
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Chamberlin, J. Edward; Chevannes, Barry
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Department of Sociology, Psychology, Social Work
Title, Analytic
Ganja in Jamaica
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Gilman, Sander L.; Xun, Zhou
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Smoke
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Place of Publication
London
Publisher Name
Reaktion Books
Date of Publication
2004
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Page(s)
145-153
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Abstract
Seeks to shed light on the material history and the spiritual significance of ganja smoking in Jamaica, which has, through Rastafarianism and reggae spread throughout the world. The importance of ganja smoking as a recreational activity and a form of religious sacrilege are also examined in the article. The authors explore Rastafarianism concurrently as a sub-theme and highlight the significance of ganja smoking in this religion as form of resistance and defiance to the ‘Babylon system’-authority. Ganja smoking is further examined as mechanism for redemption, an emblem of the saint and the sinner that can be used within the monastic cells yet leading to the prison cells. These themes are wrought together in the article through the use of poetry, music and personal narratives of the authors.....
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