Duppy is a Jamaican Patois word of Northwest African origin meaning ghost or spirit. Much of Caribbean folklore revolves around duppies. Duppies are generally regarded as malevolent spirits. They are said to come out and haunt people at night mostly, and people from the islands claim to have seen them. The ‘Rolling Calf’, ’Three footed horse’ or ‘Old Higue’ are examples of the more malicious spirits.
In many of the islands of the Lesser Antilles, duppies are known as jumbies. the rolling calf is a scary creature said to have chains around its body.
Duppy folklore originates from West Africa. A duppy can be either the manifestation (in human or animal form) of the soul of a dead person, or a malevolent supernatural being. In Obeah, a person is believed to possess two souls – a good soul and…
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