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Cindy Breakspeare (right) and Damian ' Jr Gong' Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, watch a presentation during the 17th annual Bob Marley Lecture on February 13.
Jamaican culture is the religion, norms, values and lifestyle that defines the people of Jamaica.
The culture is mixed, with an ethnically diverse society, stemming from a history of inhabitants beginning with the original [Taíno people|Taino people].
However, neither tradition is regarded as compulsory – many people who wear dreadlocks are not Rastas and many Rastas do not wear them.
One of the most controversial cultural traditions is Rastas' use of ganja as a sacrament which is smoked to aid in reasoning (contemplation and discussion).
Rastafari itself is a monotheistic belief system, based on teachings found in the Old Testament and the New Testament – particularly the Book of Revelation. The extensive use of song makes Rastafari a particularly musical source of Jamaican culture.
However, what distinguishes Rastafari from Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, (which also cite Abrahamic beliefs), is that Rastas believe in the divinity of the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Rasta cultural traditions include wearing their hair in uncut, uncombed strands known as dreadlocks (in adherence to the Nazarite vow), as well as eating unprocessed (natural) foodstuffs which are known as Ital.
The official language of the Jamaican people is English (derived from British influence) with a local dialect called Patois (pronounced "patwa") that is spoken by majority of its people.