They view the Duppy as a powerful being that can visit anytime of the day or night, and cause whatever havoc or pain necessary to invoke the greatest amount of fear in their chosen victim.
Origin: West Africa folklore.
Description: Duppy is a Jamaican Patois word that means ghost or spirit. A Duppy is described as the manifestation of the soul of a dead person. It can take on human or animal form and sometimes appears as a bull like creature bound in chains.
Whilst many know their deceased loved ones would never hurt them from the spiritual realm, they dread the ghosts of their enemies. In folklore, the Jamaican’s believe that after death, the soul of a person deemed as good goes to heaven to be judged by God. What they believe to occur is that the spirit remains on this earth for three days in the coffin attached to the body. This is the time where malicious spirits have the chance to escape and appear as the Duppy. The Jamaican’s view the Duppy as powerful beings that can visit anytime of the day or night and cause whatever havoc or pain necessary to invoke the greatest amount of fear in their chosen victim.
There are many reports of Duppy sightings. The people believe that the Duppy can violently attack victims. It can be like a poltergeist experience where objects are apparently thrown from unseen sources. Victims tell of having barrages of rocks thrown at them and being physically assaulted and thrown around like rag dolls by invisible forces.
November 17, 2008, the Jamacia Star shared the story of supposed video evidence of the Duppy during a funeral service of the late Yolanda Samuels on October 26. The video shows a soloist standing in front of the coffin who doesn’t flinch as a dark figure runs right to left of screen with a sinister giggle. Attendees of the service have no recollection of anyone living actually doing that and after viewing the footage are shocked at what they see.
July 21, 2013, the Jamaica Observer reported the story of Desna Hanson, 70, one of the five persons who occupied the Rose Hall house in St Elizabeth. Desna apparently died as the result of constant torment of the Duppy. Desna had tried to out run a stone attack and injured her foot in the process which had a snowball effect on her health and after three months she was dead. The house has since been destroyed by fire.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014