A Tale of Two Brothers
Dread & Alive tells the tale of two Maroon brothers who ruled in the Cockpit Country of Jamaica years after their ancestors fought the colonial British to a standstill to secure their freedom in the First Maroon War. Born free in one of the communal settlements, Cudjoe and Quaco were direct descendants of slaves purchased from the Akan region of West Africa, presently known as Ghana.
My father says that when we are born, we come into the world possessing two souls... a good soul and an earthly spirit or shadow. When we die, the good soul leaves the body and ascends into heaven to be judged by the Supreme Being. The earthly spirit, however, remains with the body for several days (nine-night). It is here that the earthly spirit is most vulnerable. If the body is not properly honored and buried, the earthly spirit can escape.
October 19 is an important day in Jamaica... Heroes' Day. The public holiday celebrates the men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica. The day also recognizes seven historical figures who make up Jamaica's 'National Heroes'.