Duppy - a Ghost or Spirit in Northwest African

Illustration of Old Higue
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Duppy is a Jamaican Patois expressions of Northwest African beginning importance ghost or soul. Much of Caribbean fables rotates around Duppies. Duppies are usually viewed as pernicious spirits. They are said to turn out and frequent individuals during the evening for the most part, and individuals from the islands claim to have seen them. The "Rolling Calf" (an alarming animal said to have chains around its physique), "Three Footed Horse", and "Old Higue" are illustrations of the more malevolent spirits.

In a number of the islands of the Lesser Antilles, Duppies are reputed to be Jumbies. Barbados likewise utilizes the expression Duppy and it holds the same significance as it does in Jamaica.

Duppy fables starts from West Africa. A Duppy could be either the indication (in human or creature shape) of the soul of a dead individual, or a vindictive powerful being. In Obeah, an individual is accepted to control two souls — a great soul and a natural soul. In demise, the great soul heads off to paradise to be judged by God, while the natural soul stays for three days in the pine box with the figure, where it might escape if fitting precautionary measures are not taken, and show up as a Duppy.
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In West Indian ghost, it will appear if coins and a glass of rum are thrown on its grave. Duppies are pure evil. If they breathe on someone that person will become very sick, and anyone touched by a duppy will have a fit. If they don't get back to the grave by dawn they can no longer do anyone any harm.


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