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Title: Kumina  
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Subject: Music of Jamaica, List of Caribbean music genres, Afro-American religion, Rastafari, Afro-Jamaican
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Kumina is an Afro-Jamaican religion. Duty kumina is a religion developed among Bantu slaves from the Congo region.[1]


  • Beliefs 1
  • Organization 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Spirits are separated into sky bound and earth bound deities. Oto King Zombi is the Supreme Creator. Other sky bound spirits of Kumina are Obei and Shango. Earth bound spirits in Kumina are found in the old testament David, Ezekiel, Moses, Cain, and Shadrak. Ancestral spirits are also important in Kumina. The term used to refer to these ancestral spirits is Zombi, the term originates from the Kikongo word "dzambi". Only a person who has been possessed by a Zombi can become a Zombi after death. A Zombi had the privilege of returning to earth to preside over ceremonies and possess dancers and performing other duties. Unlike people who had been possessed by Zombies, those who had not been possessed would simply die and ascend to Oto King Zombi without chance of returning to earth.


Organization of Kumina communities follows the general local character of African religions in Jamaica. Kumina communities are small family based communities or nations. Some nations include Mondongo, Moyenge, Machunde, Kongo, Igbo, and Yoruba. People from Kumina families are given the title Bongo. Marrying into a Bongo family is one avenue to become a part of a Kumina nation; special initiation is the other avenue. Kumina nations are led by a "King" and "Queen". The name of the Queen is Queenie Kennedy and the King's name is Nettleford


  1. ^ Three eyes for the journey: African dimensions of the Jamaican religious

External links

  • Jamaica Cultural Development Commission
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