Most Jamaicans in Jamaica and abroad have an inherent sense of confidence and self-worth. Regardless of the endeavor, Jamaicans usually try to be at the top of such pursuits. This is not to say that other cultures do not have self-confidence, but Jamaicans in general just seem to have a little extra. This begets the question, where does this come from? In my deliberation, I have come upon a theory that this is due to patterns of our socialization. In the Jamaican culture, there is modest boasting and an even greater drive for excellence. In addition, Jamaicans have an inordinate ability to ultra focus and relish a challenge. In examining this theory further, I also realize that within the Jamaican culture there are long-standing traditions that promote the spirit of cleverness and intelligence. One such tradition is the telling of Anansi stories.
An Anansi story is adopted from West African folklore. The Jamaican culture has adopted using Anansi stories as a way to teach our children the value of being clever and intelligent. These stories also convey a sense of self-worth, as in the stories, Anansi always wanted to be at the forefront of everything important. Jamaican children are indoctrinated with Anansi stories and are taught always to be clever and to look out for themselves. Jamaican parents should therefore continue to tell Anansi stories to their children, as this has been an asset to our culture and tradition.
By PYV staff writer