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Black Magic - Rolling Calf by Di-Rassa Black Magic - Rolling Calf by Di-Rassa
Jamaican Folklore

One of the most frightening and fearful of Jamaican “duppies” (ghosts) is the Rollin Calf (Roaring Calf). The Rollin Calf is described as having red blazing eyes and taking the form of various animals such as a dog, hog, goat, horse or the most common of all a bull or the most dangerous being that of a black cat. It is also said to have the power to grow in size from small animals (cats or dogs) to large animals (horse or bull) whilst also appearing as a headless goat. They usually have a piece of chain attached to their necks, whose rattle is said to instill paralyzing fear to any who hear it. The Rollin Calf can often appear to be seen lying in the middle or roads, being a deliberate obstruction, many who claim to have seen this will often take another route to reach their destination, no matter how long or out of the way it may be. One way to get rid of the Rollin Calf is to flog him with the left hand; it is said to be afraid of a tarred whip. Others also claim that the Rollin Calf is fearful of the moon.

It is believed that Rollin Calves are devil spirits in the form of animals who roam at nights and settle at the root of cotton trees, bamboos and caves as duppies during the day; visible only to those who can see spirits. Historically, the Rollin calf emerges at nights mainly during crop time on sugar estates because of its fondness for molasses.

The dreaded Rollin Calf has brewed fear in the minds of many who claim to have seen it as well as those who have heard stories of its sightings. It represents an important aspect of Jamaica’s folklore that has been incorporated into songs and poems.
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karena19 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont know if I am happy or terrified that I can't see them. But this is killer
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powerful2345 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
I remember this Folklore

Have you also heard of river mama?
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Ramonerdna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
hey i did 1 of river mumma (its not on deviant art tho) i also did 1 of anancy and the rolling calf(still noy on da)
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powerful2345 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
then put them up, i'm sure there good
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Black-Animal Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
The creature is featured in a story i am writing :D
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Ramonerdna Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Oh cool i love folklore and mythology and this interpretation of a Jamaican duppy is wicked i like it
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Godzeilo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
It's not just folklore or mythology, these recounts. I used to think that Rolling Calves were just figments of the imagination, that parents used to scare kids to get them to be obedient. But I was oh so wrong! And I only found that out when I came face to face with one of these creatures. I have my own understanding of these things that exist in the dark, that they are satanic forces that replay our beliefs for us. Hence, it is a cultural thing so that you perhaps wouldn't find Rolling Calves in say the USA. People die with their beliefs and satanic forces make them reappear in the form of these figures that are in our imaginations. I would love to tell my story of that wicked encounter, but before that I will direct attention to this incredible story: [link]
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Godzeilo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
If you have a problem with the above link, try this one for a second shot: [link]
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