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Revival combines African and European centered beliefs and practices inspired by myal, Native Baptist, and other non-conformist Christian movements. The two main branches Revival Zion and Pukumina arose during the Great Revivals of 1860 and 1861 in Jamaica.

Both Branches differ in rituals and doctrines. Revival Zion is more strongly associated with Christianity, while Pukumina makes greater use of African concepts and beliefs from the later Revival in 1861.


The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank

Items in the Revival Collection

Praise and Worship

A member of one of the Revival Bands worshiping at the annual convocation in Watt Town
Revival Seal

Revival Bands dance around a sacred ground seal upon entering the Watt Town place of worship
The Annual Revival Gathering in Watt Town, St. Ann

A Revival Band worshiping at the annual meeting
Revival Table

Revival Tables such as the one featured here serve to appease the spirit realm, which includes both ancestral and celestial spirits.
The Revival Table

The setting of a revival table is determined by the type of ceremony. This is a photograph of a Thanksgiving Table prepared for the annual gathering at Bishop Raleigh Christie's Church in Yallahs, St. Thomas.