A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings


Marlon James

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A Brief History of Seven Killings Terms


Babylon is a Jamaican patois word that refers to the police, and also more broadly to what is perceived as the corrupt, oppressive system of government, the law, and prison. read analysis of Babylon

Rasta Tam

A Rasta tam is a crocheted cap worn by Rastafarians, usually men. The caps often come in the colors red, green, yellow, and black, symbolizing both the Jamaican flag and pan-Africanism/black power. read analysis of Rasta Tam


Coolie is a pejorative term for people from Asia. There is a significant Asian population in Jamaica due to the legacy of the British empire, which helped transport laborers from Asia to the Caribbean after… read analysis of Coolie


Duppy is a patois word meaning ghost or spirit. read analysis of Duppy