Death of a Matriarch

Nine Night, or Set Up, as it is often known in Jamaica, is a cultural death ritual that dates back to the days of slavery. It is often compared to the Irish Wake and is a ceremony of passage whereby the family and community of the deceased bid farewell and wish the spirit a safe passage into the afterlife.

The contradictory emotions of joy and sadness contrast sharply between the Nine Night and the funeral. The following is the Nine Night and funeral of Aunt Iris, the highly respected matriarch of the community of New Green, Jamaica, who died on the 8th March 2006, aged 92.

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