Proverbs play an important role in Jamaica’s history and have been a part of our oral and folk cultures for quite some time.
As in other parts of the world, proverbs in Jamaica are used as a means of passing on lessons about life and to influence the behaviour of others. They therefore serve an educational function as well as a social one, adding spice and variety to everyday conversations.
Many of Jamaica’s proverbs reflect the combination of African and English cultures that merged within the Jamaican colonial space. The majority however, are very much home-grown, “Made-in-Jamaica” gems that reflects the wit and wisdom of our people, as well as the colourful uniqueness that is our “Jamaica Talk.”
The weekly proverbs and their meaning, featured at the top left-hand sidebar, will be indexed in this section according to their overall subject matter such as animals, birds, insects, people, plants/vegetation, and much more.