What is a foreign goat? The onset of this might sound like a joke or the title of a play, or even a documentary. And in the hands of comedians like Oliver Samuels, the Jamaican face of comedy, this might go to the fifth degree of laughter and ridiculousness.
So then, a foreign goat should from a comedic point of view, be someone who does not understand the customs of life of a visiting country but holds onto his at all costs while traversing the intricacies and complexities of the culture of the country on which he has assailed. No doubt his stubborn adherence will soon point him out as a goat of sorts, foreign for that matter.
When I was growing up in Jamaica dogs used to kill our goats that were left unattended in the woods. A foreign goat for that matter and one with such ostensibility, could well and soon ended up between the teeth of the local wild dogs. All this is to be viewed from a comedic perspective, mark you. However if the comedy is lost in my sarcasm, remember I am not Oliver Samuels.
Where for crying out loud am I going with this foreign goat bit though?
Let me hasten to say I am not trying to be a comedian. That window of opportunity has long gone, and particularly since prostate cancer has made me more serious than ever.
Three Friends and I
Well listen to this! Three friends and I were changing thoughts at a spot this past Saturday when the discussion turned to food and particular the foods tainted with production enhancers etc. One of the fellows who had just returned from Jamaica made the announcement that he alighted on a local spot for lunch with some buddies. He had the inquisitiveness to inquire, and also as one concerned with good health, as to what kind of goat it was that was being served. Most Jamaicans usually ask that question as they would more than likely prefer a Ram goat (known colloquially as Rammy) than a female goat. Everyone from Jamaica who is a goat eater knows the ram meat tastes much better from the urine seasoning from the animal.
My friend was shock at the reply he got. “No mon” the cook said. “This is foreign goat”. “So why you selling foreign goat brethren?” my friend asked. “Because it cheaper to buy”, was the answer.
So there you have it…live and in living color, Foreign Goat In Jamaica for real. This should be a sad state of affairs no matter how you cut it. Jamaica has been the goat-eating capital of the world. Local curry goat has been rivaling Ackee and Salt fish for the center stage National Dish for all time. Manish water (a soup made from the burnt head, skin and feet) is known to strengthen your back and contributes to male virility.
Where Have Jamaican Goats Gone
For goats to be sold in Jamaica cheaper creating significant revenue for goat farmers in America, means that they have taken advantage of the opportunity of a goat eating nation who has no goats.
Also the local goats must be so far and in between that it would fetch premium price that cannot be purchased and cooked and sold at a profit.
“Where have all the goats in Jamaica gone” is a song I could sing Just as “where have all the Jolly Bus gone” by General Trees; dance hall entertainer. We know the jolly bus system has been terminated for a better and more efficient one, but could you say the Jamaican goat has given way to a better goat? Not likely!
I used to have several goats growing up in Jamaica. Our neighbors have goats, the whole community has goats. We used to have goats as pets. These goats fed us, nourished babies with great milk. School us, from the sale of one for books and uniforms, among other things. In fact one’s prosperity could be measured by how many goats he has.
Most parties have to have goat meat and not to mention when there is a big dance at least three have to be killed. In fact the success of most dance hall session on a Saturday night was measured not from how much liquor sold but from how many goats were killed and curried, and made into manish water.
Jamaican goats were easy to raise, could withstand drought conditions as they require little or no water, and some were allowed to roan free to forage and come home at evening time. Jamaican goats were never medicated nor fed from bags with artificial foods with growth poisons as the steroids and growth hormones.
When a Jamaican goat was being cook for Sunday dinner it could be smelled on the wind for untold distances. And you couldn’t wait to pour its savoring juices and succulent meat on a bed of rice and peas. But low and behold there is no more Jamaican goat. If you tell a child born in the past 14 years that an Alsatian dog is a goat he might just believe you, having no contact whatsoever with the animal that was once a part of our livity.
Maybe a foreign goat imbued with Jamaican curry and other spices could have a second to last finish, and the populace will not know any better as they wrap themselves in the pseudo culture of foreign meats sold cheaper. But is this the desirable thing?
Foreign Goat Production
When I used to eat American meat, I asked a store that specialized in organic foods why they were not selling goat meat. The reply to me was that the goat farmers around could not qualify as organic meat farmers. However a search of the internet revealed that there is a prolific goat farming phenomenon across America. What lift my chin up were sites with names like Goat Farming for Beginners, No Goat Left Behind: Getting Americans to eat goat. What cut my throat though was this one, The American Goat Federation.
There used to be a man in my community, lets call him Short Man, who was made shorter by this big Rammy. (local name for ram goat) of his. Short Man used to walk with his Rammy like a dog on a leash. This Rammy was gangster too as walking near him could earn you a horn in your knee. Understand please! How goats were part of the Jamaican existence as this as a final point should attest to!
If this continues the Jamaican goat will soon be an extinct breed. In fact there will not be any goat, as foreign goat in Jamaica is not the animal but the mass produced meat of America.
So big up yourself FOREIGN GOAT IN JAMAICA. Is any wonder then that Jamaica has the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world as a nation that has availed itself to a staple of meats produced under questionable circumstances?
This is just the continuation of efforts to educate the masses. I do believe I have suffered the illness of cancer from over indulgence and consumption of artificial meats produced in the name of food. Please see Prostate Cancer And Me…Or You, The Two Stages, (Man To Man) in audio and print for more on my survival story, and other works of mine at Amazon Author Central.
Until no resident will say I am sick (Isaiah 33:24) and until next time walk good and pack light.