Jamaican Maroon spirit-possession language

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Maroon Spirit language
Region Jamaica
Native speakers
English Creole
  • Atlantic
    • Suriname
      • Maroon Spirit language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)

Jamaican Maroon spirit-possession language, or simply Maroon Spirit language, is a ritual language used by Jamaican Maroons (who were largely Coromantee) while possessed by the spirits of ancestors during Kromanti ceremonies or when addressing those who are possessed. It is an English-based creole, distinct from usual Jamaican Creole, but similar to the creoles of Suriname such as Sranan.

An African language, Kromanti, is used for the spirits of the oldest ancestors, who were born in Africa.

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