R.I.P Bernice (dem call har Bernicey) Henry, popular Kumia Queen from St. Thomas Jamaica. I had heard of her passing some days ago and I was surprised to hear of her sudden death. While I never met her I knew of her, and had heard many things about her and her Kumina’s that she kept, she was one who kept and held the tradition of Kumina and for that she ought to be thanked, respected and remembered.
I had done a blog on Kumina sometime ago, read here to familiarize yourselves with Kumia and its origins and background and place among Jamaicans coming from the transatlantic slave trade, which is the African Holocaust. Although I knew about it while lived in Jamaica, it was not until I had embraced my spirituality and became exposed to all things Spiritual that I experienced it for my self. As I had traveled to Jamaica and had gone to a Kumina. By this I was leadress in a revival church and very strong in my role as such. I knew much about Spirituality and metaphysics, so I understood a lot of what was happening there and I could teach it if placed in a school of willing students.
What I did not like however was that the authentic Kumina, such as our parents or their parents may have known it seemed to have been lost and replaced with foolishness. Songs which were sang at some Kuminas were titled “Weed and grabba, good sensimina”, or “When yuh si mi and Cock”, Modern day non spiritual twists, made up to invite the women/mostly young girls there and men (some big grey tone) to wine, jook and Jam on each other mimicking the sex act…O MA Se OOO….I was saddened by this.
My introduction to some kumina people in Jamaica upon my visit there at the time I attended several Kuminas, allowed me to hear of Bernicey. Some people spoke good and some spoke bad as to be expected by human beings. At the time when I was in St. Thomas several of the Kumina people would come daily to speak with me on Kumina and matters of spirituality on a whole. I was shocked at the level of ignorance pertaining to spiritual work “Obeah” as same Workers of this wonderful and artful craft sat with me, a practitioner as well and shared Obeah secrets with me. Many of them told me things which made no sense what so ever, but as a wise person I kept silent, not daring to dispute their arguments as they were well proud of their works and its effectiveness.
Let me be clear, I may say that what they told me made no sense, but it may very well work for them, it really has to do with the spirits or entities they work with and what is conducive to that spirit, and the intent behind their actions, but most of the work had a beginning and no end, no base or foundation, and most were destructive, and many were animal cruelty.
One man told me that he got off a court case by pushing something (I cannot say what) up a donkey’s ass. Bloggers now oonuh tell me, nuh wickedness dat? But he said he got off, so I guess the end justifies the means. Another told me that he went to the grave yard with some onions and his phone number written on parchment paper, he was naked and it was late at night. He went with these items in order to call, invite, wake the dead give him his phone number and tell him to “call me”. Oonuh eva see mi dine trial?
I think they wanted to impress me, they had all heard of me (I was de foreign madda, de African Spiritual woman, lol), and also I had fallen into trance while I was there and many things happened which they all witnessed with me, so all wanted to get close to me,brag of their own skills.
There was one madda woman a long time ago who told me that she went into her back yawd and dug up dead husband, took the bone from his dead leg (nuh laugh aldoe mi ah type it suh,lol) and greata it and drink so him can guard har from de odda Obeah people dem inna her community whey ah Obeah har, den ah yasso all of we ave to hask puppa Jesus fi tek de case and gi we de pillow.
As I sat there and listened to all these supposed Obeah men and Women, I was saddened at the state of Jamaica’s Obeah society, Yes you read correctly, I said saddened by the state of Jamaica’s Obeah society. Where was de Madda Penny dem I grew up hearing old people talk about about. Where was Bredda Roy? Where was Bishop Anderson who commanded some police men who came to arrest him one day at his home to kneel in the boiling hot Jamaican sun in his yard, on his seal ground while he went to the station to see the superintendent and ask why he sent his men to arrest him. The Police men all knelt at his command and were released upon his return, none of them could get up on their own, ah hear sey dem bawl de living yeye wata.
Bredda Roy, who knocked the back of a dead child three times and the child wake up coughing and Madda Penny who dem sey bad nuh brute foot. Gone is the woman who when dem Obeah mi madda fi mad har becausen sey she cuss de ooman an tell har more wud den de ooman tell she, de ooman mek mi madda stawt fi si some lickle green man fava Alien ah run roun har. She tell mi Grand madda, and Granny “Carry har out” as we Jamaicans say. De ooman cure mi madda and guard had wid ashs and some mix up, mix up. Where are dose people?
The elders have died and are dying out and not passing the training/teaching along to worthy students. Where is Sheppie? Bong dis and Bongo dat, Bongo horse dead and cow fat?
Jamaica,in the time of my parents and grandparents was where celebrities used to go (if not Africa) fi dem Obeah cuhcuments, yes mi dears, oonuh nevea know? well me ah tell oonuhs. Mi naw bawl out no name, but yes sir rie!
Eddie Seaga neva win 1980 election so so suh, him have Queenie and Cappo Reynolds fi thank fi dat, allegedly, plus de millions ah gun man dem, De Azahan dem famous pon top de hill, is not lie, nuff people spot dem and come talk allegedly, ha certain ooman whey famous choo marriage, di husban cute but not so fi she, was a regula ah de people dem compound, so where are those elders who put Obeah pon de map, therefore putting Jamaica pon de map, famous fi it suh till al Haitian fraid ah we caws we eat susumba and dem tek it wuk de science?
They said Bernicey knew a thing or two. Some people had that to say, some said she played guess and spell. In light of her death I will not go into all that was said, because Jamaica people sey ole naagah nuh good, and at times ah true.
When I heard of her passing, and seeing that she was not an old woman and a spiritualist, I wondered about the fight in St Thomas of Power and who should be kumina this or Kumina that. There have been many untimely death amongst Kumina people, and here in Africa where we practice our tradition, it is definitely a cause for concern if an Awo (priest) or a spiritual practitioner dies early. A thorough investigation is done, to make sure that it was not “Hands” which touched the person. The reason for this is that a spiritual practitioner is supposed to have long life, unless they have chosen other wise. If someone has touched a practitioner within our traditional practice and caused their demise, we will wake the dead person and they will explain to us what happened, from there a decision will be made on how to handle the situation.
This may not be the way how things are done in Jamaica, but we have or had similar knowledge, but the older ones refused to pass on the knowledge and the younger ones refused to learn what is their legacy opting to dance to Vybz Kartel instead.
RURAL EXPRESS – Kumina Queen Bernice Henry Passes; ‘Mother Of All’ To Be Interred Tomorrow
Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer
PORT MORANT, St Thomas:
THE HYPNOTIC sounds of Kumina drums and spirited singing were wafting all over the place on Wednesday. The place? The yard of the late ‘Kumina Queen of St Thomas’ Bernice ‘Sister Bernice’ Henry.
There were almost 200 people there, and it was only minutes after 1 p.m. Men were at work. Others were working and dancing at the same time. Dominoes clashed against one another. Yellow-heart breadfruits were in the fire. Rice, fish and curried chicken, too, were bearing the heat. And the scent of white rum faintly circulated in the breeze from the sea.
Many people sat or stood in silence, looking on, absorbing the poignancy of the moment and moving to the rhythms of Kumina, Kumina to which Sister Bernice herself had moved, sometimes with a candle balanced on her head. She was no longer moving with the living, but her repute as a kind, selfless, hard-working Kumina Queen had moved people to go see her grave being built.
Bernice Henry died on Monday, November 24, at the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas as a result of hypertension complications. She had 14 children (four had predeceased her), 24 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and she was ‘mother’ to many more, it is widely said.
Her youngest daughter and last child, Taforah Henry, told Rural Xpressthat when she was young, she didn’t know that some of the children that Sister Bernice cared for were not her own children. She was beside herself with grief. Her face said it all. She said she was trying to cope, but it was very hard.
“At this point, my mind is almost blank,” she said. She had lost the woman who “was a mother to the motherless”.
In an article published in The Gleaner on April 17, 2006, Frederica Bates, a member of her all-women Kumina group said, “Miss Bernice is a mother to us all. She knows everything about us. Even sometimes when we have boyfriend problems, she knows. Even in the community, she is mother to us.”
This ‘super-mother’ repute that Bernice Henry had seems to be challenging her other status as a Kumina icon. It was the general feeling among her family and those who were present on Wednesday that Sister Bernice was an extraordinary matriarch, who was affectionately called ‘Grandma’.
Her cousin, Henry Cargill, who said Henry was “a beacon in disguise”, told Rural Xpress that he and the rest of the community were distraught when they learned of Sister Bernice’s transition. It was a sad day, he said, because she was a mother to many, to the community, mother of Kumina, mother of the people and mother of the culture.
The culture of which Cargill spoke is the culture of herbal and spiritual healing, singing, dancing, and drumming. Sister Henry, a woman knowledgeable of her black African history, customs and rituals, was well known nationally and internationally as a leading activist in the Jamaican Kumina movement.
Kumina is a religion/lifestyle that is said to have been brought over from Congo in Africa to Jamaica. Its retentions are strong in St Thomas, where Sister Bernice was born. The singing, dancing and drumming styles of Kumina are distinctly riveting. It also involves herbal healing and myals (possessions).
Sister Bernice was groomed by her mother and grandmother, and would eventually become a Kumina Queen herself, leading the Port Morant National and International Mumbakka Group of Kumina Practitioners. And now the queen has gone to be with her ancestors perhaps, leaving a void, a gap in the Kumina movement that is going to be hard to be filled, her children said.
Henry Cargill believes “her death has left a gap in the sense wherein that, up to now, a lot of the people have been concerned about her replacement”.
Man bawn fi dorwn cyaan heng…Jamaican Proverb!
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji!
Where was Bishop Anderson who commanded some police men…is this Bishop Anderson from Portland? From Trinitarian? From Olympic Gardens. Please answer…just interested to know.
That was a beautiful prayer MTH.
Cami, I just had a thought. I will do it publicly. I will write down the names of all the regular bloggers and pray for them and their peeps. The People WHo Are In Relationships: 1. Teach & Mr. Hazel Eyes 2. Cami & her babes 3. Ty & YW 4. Mr. Niles & Mrs. Niles 5. AMH & Cgoh The People Who Want To Be In Relationships 1. Yazzy 2. Nunu 3. KB The Person Who Is Not Quite Ready MTH God, today I come before you to celebrate love. Love in its pure state, the love between two… Read more »
Cami, I dont know why my mind ran on you. For me personally I get so much for gathering here with everyone. I dont know what happened last night, I laughed a bit when I thought of you and sent up a little prayer. So today, I will continue to pray for Cami babes.
Cami you are such a love bug, lol
Me…you & yu pillow, lol
Yes Teach…Mi going to it now.
Teach, mi did dey pan di road di whole afta noon suh mi neva dung read this post…Mi heading to the new post yah now…
Mth is the new post showing up on the blog?
As mi sey, mi had a hurt mi bad. However dat is no reason fi nuh have nuh mannas. Sorry mi people. Good hafter-nune, Teacher, good hafter-nune classmates. Teach, how tings? Long time mi nuh send howdy fi di chilvren..Toy, how dem babies? Cami yu know sey mi did a tink bout yu lass night…Yes man, mi whispa a likkle prayer fi yu cause mi sey bwoy, Cami eva a pray fi her gentleman, yu nuh too-too bring him up but wi can feel di love (I admire that in you)….TY, long time mi nuh ax bout dem boys..How dem… Read more »
MTH, whadup mumma….thanks for thinking of me. Me have to praise up me babes cause him is a front line man, on the daily grind inna de trenches and see the aches and deplorable nature of humans daily for over 30 yrs. going. He’s my eternal heartbeat we de fi centuries.
hey mth. oonuh si de new post?
Good afternoon everyone, Teach mi neva vex…I am having a massive headache and braps mi come here come si Teach comment bout Nunu stop wear slippers and a wear heals. A laugh yu piss.
Jamaica has no real culture left. When I was growing up as a child you know you were not to sweep out the house after 6 p.m. My 2 girls know that if they sweep out the house after 6pm. they have to sweep the garabage on the shovel and put it in thebin, no sweeping out of the house or verandah.
hi Sea QUEEN, de fat dark one widoutten teet
Good Morning Obara, Cami,Ty, Nunu, Kia (hope i didn’t leave anyone out). If I did hailings to you as well. Looks like i missed a lot yesterday. Let me play catch up. Also, I got a chance to view the first video but i wasn’t sure which one was Kumina Queen Berniecey??
Really Cami??m O ma se ooooo, please to had mi on to, caws ah my hargument dat from day one!
oonuh send in oonuh requests for topics and I will write them
Mi glad yuh feel better mi sista
Really Obara?! dwrln….I speaking about us mortals on the board.
SeaQ big up yu self.
Yes Obara, we need to know about Myal. Hope this coming New Year we’re able to go hard on all things spiritual in accordance to regions.
Ty, away from myself you are the second person I see refer to the bullcaca surrounding the prohibition of our true “religion” during colonial times.
Morning Obara, NuNu, KB, MTH, Toy and all…I’m feeling a bit better this AM.
Hi Cami, I am glad you are feeling better.
Pantomime couldn’t miss mi tuh ie nuh Ty. Especially those school trip days. I remember they use to call Dr.Nettleford Sexy Rexy
Grung, yes sexy Rex…
“Sexy rexy” but not for “US”…lolol NuNu rexy neva did a feel “US”.
Who remember pantomime ? I miss it…
Iba Rex nettleford
Yail up Kia it’s really eye opening, I found some text written on the Myals and the development of Obeah in Jamaica interesting stuff. Thanks Ty
Your welcome Nunu…when the doctors at Uwi or the catholic nuns could not heal me…it was lumina that healed me…I am grateful…
God be praised Ty!
Morning Ty…yu run this post well mumma. Thanks for the abundance of information you shared.
Iba Queenie! Its a very short yutube video of her skill dancing…wish i could find more. I love these history lessons…feel connected
Ty I’m so sorry that the interview with Queenie wasn’t on video. It would have been great to hear her speak about the culture. I like how they honored the return of the drum,putting out in the Sun to revitalize it
Yes Nunu…I would love to hear that interview…I also loved how when the drum was returned, they placed a king drum beside it…awesome…
Wow the spirits took her to the hollow cotton tree for 21 days without food or water hanging upside down where the taught her ancestral songs and prayers
Yep her initiation was no joke…
Iba Queenie…there will never be another like you….
That was a great read, thanks Ty, the last part said Mother Moore and Mr Moore took the Gleaner through the workings of Kumina, did it end there?
Tackys rebellion was a huge turning point in our history…after it, laws were placed to make obeah and myal illegal…Jcans as you know can beat any laws, so this led to a change in our African traditional practices to beat the law…
I’m going to google myslism and see what it is. Queen Imogene look boasy up top deh doe!
Nunu she was a top notch…if you see she balance a lit bitch , a kerosine lamp pon her head….
Most of a great and good people are not famous….they are in the countryside hidden…praising God and honoring nature…
We must also open up a discussion on myalism..which also is widely practiced in jamaica…
Kumina Queen Imogene Kennedy captured performing her “skill” dance. The skill dance is one of the highlights of a Kumina play. The lead dancer balances a glass of water or an egg in a spoon, or a lit kitchen bitch (kerosene lamp), or a live, rum-stupored fowl on his or her head, while performing the basic Kumina movements.
The Gerreh is another part of our culture that I love…if you have never seen it before , please try to…basically you have 4 people holding two bamboo sticks high, two to each stick and a person dance on top of the sticks, one foot on each stick… A who seh gymnast…..lol…it is wonderful to see…usually done at nine nights…our culture is really rich…
An dem skill tuh ie si Ty! I use to love and watch them
Here is another article, older but also good
Fabulous article, thanks to the reporter for keeping it honest and not writing mocking nonsense. Thanks Ty. Obara nice opening.
Evening all…not staying with onu. I have a waistline pain (not from ‘work’. lol) it’s from walking up and down and on my feet for too long along with another long standing issue…once was in a car accident. Me on me side a type so I’ll dip in when I can sit up a bit.
Feel better Cami, if you can soak in a tub with warm water…
Lol….a who teach her that nastiness…I hope she actually did not do that …desecrate the man bones….and just a lie fi show pon you Obara…
I want fi know a which grata she have whey so strong that bone can grata pon it! bunch a ole wicked dem be.
Cami dat mi a wonder too tehehe sum ppl luv lie isi all a lie pon grata. Obara shuda buss a big dutty maakit laff ina dem face loool
Thank yu Ty ror sharing
Kia I did not want to know
bout ah gi duppy phone numba. grungggg
Dat mi a seh Obara whey luv laff looooool grung yu ask the lady weh grate up the femur bone how dat nassyniss taste?!?! ewww
lolol…KB O neva say which bone! yu gone to femur, rontrf,lol
Like the dippy need him number fi ring him phone….lol…
Today I met a woman whose husband died…he worked with a company called Aflac that has a duck as the mascot…he had a piggy bank from his job that as you drop a coin in the piggy bank, the duck quack…well she told me that recently she was crying for him and the duck kept quacking…from then on, she ” talk” to him everyday…
kiaaaaaa, an yuh know mi lub laugh
Obara i know u say u didnt laugh but inwardly u mussi did a crack up lol not too mention cry cause ur knowledge was on another level. Not to see their methods didnt work for them but ummmm how u keep a straight face lol
Di man weh guh graveyard and give di duppy dem phone numba lol, mi almos’ dead when mi read dat!
Nunu ppl fi fool but him level too high lool duppy shuda baxx him mek him ketch ina fits. grung
Yes nunu, which is most important, it was them that lived before who paved the way! We must honor and remember them, we must offer prayers to their spirits and pray to elevate them, we cannot forget them, we must never forget them!
Jankanoo is celebration of the ancestors, we call it MAsqurade here or Egungun
Thanks for the enlightenment Teach. So we were celebrating ancestors and didn’t know lol
The Maroonas were all not from Ghana, remember the word Maroon means run away, Nana was Ghanaian and so was Cudjoe, but slaves from all over West Africa who were brought to Jamaica made up the Maroons, Ty says they speak Kikongo also and Kikongo is a Congolese language, formerly known as Zaire
Maroons were also Arawaks, East Indians, indentured white servants and Chinese…they we all slaves who ran away and banded together….another reason for the name maroons was that the mixing of the different cultures bred people with a reddish skin, and hence another reason for the name maroon…
We often forget that slavery was over 400 years, in jamaica alone, the Spanish ruled for 100 years before the British took hold…it will take time to recover
Mi all remember jankunoo way back when, we don’t do things like that much anymore. Mi not even sure what it was about
Nunu, my favorite jankanoo characters are the horse head and the pregnant woman…Christmas time no nice without Junkanoo…
plenty deh fi larn Nunu
ot really Nunu, it depends on where in Jamaica your ancestry is from, in St Thomas you have the Congolese people, in Hanover, St James, westmorland you have Yoruba PEOPLE which are the Nago and etu people,like my mother, St MAry and other areas you have Ghanaian, so it is a whole lotof differentinfluence
Mi not even did know that the country of origin for our ancestry could be traced depending on the part of the island we’re from, a dem tings deh dem fi mention in schools.The only thing I know is that my grandmother’s mother was a maroon ,mi shame fi dat
Thank you for this post. I have been having a rough week (yes week! I know it’s already tuesday). From the comments to the videos, i love it all. And it is so unfortunate that this aspect of the culture is not what is on display. The videos of the dancing and the man speaking kromanti just gave me the biggest smile on my face. It took me a while to go through the post due to work but I’m glad I finished. It really bothers me when ppl dont respect others spiritual practice as with a lot of christians,… Read more »
I never knew that.
true Nunu. so true
It would be nice if a cultural awareness class was taught in schools.information like what’s in that video should be a part of even the history curriculum. I didn’t even know about kromanti
Nunu, the maroons speak kromanti and kikango…they speak many different languages…
Our mere survival was hiding our culture and who we are…so even after indepence and the few come out of the hills to share it, they were labelled by Christians as witches, devil worshipers etc…Christianity has been our down fall..
I really like learning about life from the metaphysical pov. Everything is associated with a colour and a sound/movement and a nature spirit, imagine that!
Culcha inna oonuh bumbo!
It look like nuff of the influence on Jamaican culture come from Ghana. The way he speaks the kromanti sound like the old patois that my great- grandmother use to talk
For real Nunu. Did I tell howdy? How are you Nunu?
YUH seet Nunu, where is Gramps ad people like him, is de gully queen dem ah tek oa de obeah ting ah Jamaica, sass crissse!
We are losing our culture unfortunately, Jamaica deh get too ‘mericanize dem sumn deh yuh nuh too si agen. There was this man in the district my grandfather grew up in, people called him godfather, my mother said he was a quiet man look like him couldn’t mash ants but he was so powerful and he really loved my grandpa. Some guys in the district broke into the house teef almos’ everyting an lick dung mi gramps. Godfather come visit an ask what happen den him seh nuh worry yuhself man by Thursday mawning di four a dem…
i AM SO HAPPY THAT i HAVE FOUND AND EMBRACED MY SPIRITUALITY
I thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom and taking your time everyday to share what you know with us.
NO TOY IS NOT FEAR, IS TRYING TO HOLD ON TO POWER WHEY GOD GI DEM
that is selfish of them
I love the kumina. I remember going to a revival session when I was younger, didn’t understand what was going on but the drums and the cadence of the chants and songs sweet mi ie si. RIP Sister Bernicey
Where is Mas George who have stone pelt the door of a man who raped his daughter, mek him fraid fi come out… WHere is sister Tambuca who put water in a pan and you see you enemies a chat you inna it? those are the powerful people I know…many are still alive…many died…few young capable ones exist but they guard their secrets and so will not share or advertise…the society has labeleled them… St. Thomas and Portland have some powerful families who remain and continue to do good work..unfortunately, the few bad apples make the loudest noise and cause… Read more »
Good afternoon all! Mi nuh tell unoo aready seh mi try wear di heels an almos’ brul mi ankle. Please excuse my absence/lateness but mi distracted cause mi.deh pack up fi guh back a mi yaad, mi grip soon done pack up
Obara much love and respect to you for all that you do…you carry the crown and torch of your ancestors and are fulfilling your destiny…
Many do not take up the helm…and here you are taking the torch, teaching, and healing…May God continue to bless you and your family..
Yes we love Obara… Love your words Ty
Obara you know in Africa the Elders pass down their knowledge. Do you think that some of the elders don’t pass on the knowledge in Jamaica because of fear?
Afternoon everyone…love the post…iba Bernicey… We culture a go to baxide…there are still a few good practioners but there is not as much as we used to have…they are used mostly by the uptown upper class of Jamaica and so enjoy a good life…they are shunned by the downtowners, so I cannot blame them… Where is Mas George who have stone pelt the door of a man who raped his daughter, mek him fraid fi come out… WHere is sister Tambuca who put water in a pan and you see you enemies a chat you inna it? those are the… Read more »
Well Ty you answered my question. lol
We fine man,so nice to see you my dear
Exactly Toy, ah doan know wharah kind ah spirit dem working wid
Hi Obara, just been keeping up with my spiritual journey and learning. How have you been?
Mth, How are you lovely?
Yes Obara… I am still shocked… What that man did to the donkey… poor thing can you imagine the pain the donkey felt. Obara so tell when they are doing all of things that aren’t right and passing it down what will happen then? They couldn’t be operating in the right spirit.
Rip to sister Bernice and my you be at peace
Den Toy yuh nuh si sey ah trupidniss dis ooman do??
Morning Obara and Es Fam… I am still in shock at the woman digging up her husband’s body and grating his bone and drinking it. Could that be anything good to do?
nunu stop wera slippaz and stawt wear hee;s, caws nunu doan miss class, ah doan know rosta!
Mth, ah hope anuh bex yuh bex ei uh, fah mi nuh mean nutten bad, si hall de lol, beside de comment, hoonuh know mi nuh hoffen ppl, much less yuh whey mi lub cyaan done!
One quick minute before mi guh trampoose pan di road. Teach, it looklike Nunu a tun woman pan wi…No sah, is where Miss Nunu she dey?
Teach mi naah mix yu up, dats why mi sey ‘knew’. Sorry Teach, mi ax pardin…
Have a great day peeps, heading out of office now.
Domgoaaaaaaaaaaa,so nice to see you, where yah been?
Greetings all. I think this might be the first time I’m hearing about Kumina. I am writing this in Jamaica. Rest in peace Kumina Queen.
Mth, NUH MIXMI!!, LOL CHO, YUH NEVA READ WHEY ME WRITEAN SEY MINAY KNOW DE LADY, MI ONGLE EAR BOUT HAR, MINE YUH MEK DE PEOPLE DEM LICK AFTAMI, GRUNGGGG!
Teach, like how they have Sumfest, Jazz & Blues etc. Maybe we could link our heads together and have a Spiritual festival in Jamaica. I am excited about the prospects. (Guh si wi a write Min. of Toursim a ax fi funding/sponsorship)…
Teach, since you ‘knew’ her, could you find out what happened? Teach, this was another beautiful read. I read the story (not so much information provided in The Sunday Gleaner), they used a picture where Sister Bernicey was getting some award from Seaga. She was a nice looking ‘trap-tid’ black woman. Been a while since I have heard of anyone having more than 5 children. Look how Sis. Berniecey had 14 and I am just now allowing myself to think about having baby #3. Aww mi dear, back in the days women had well over 10, now women are just… Read more »
mth, people fraid to be associated wid we Obeah workers, lmao…Obara “Obeah worker” Meji grungggg!
ah dat mi wonda tuh M, CAWS DEM CHAT DE OOMAN NUFF DUNG AH YAWD
There is little information if any at all on these people. You will only hear people talk about ‘Obeah Workers’ always negatively, but there is no real information. Never heard about Sister Bernicey until her passing.
RIP Kumina Queen. I hope that with 10 remaining children she was able to pass on some information. I am wondering if hands reach her.
Ekaro ES family SIP Bernice “Kumina Queen” Henry
Morning to one and all
RIP To the Kuminia queen