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Jab Molassie

Jab Molassie | Courtesy Noel Norton

Written by Geoffrey MacLean

Jab is the French patois for ‘Diable’ (Devil), and Molassie is the French patois for Mélasse (Molasses). Jab Molassie is one of several types of devil mas. The simple costume consists of short pants or pants cut off at the knee, with a wire tail, mask and horns and a pitchfork. The jab malassie would carry chains, and wear locks and keys around his waist, and carry a pitch fork. The whole body is smeared with grease or mud, red, green or blue paint. The jab molassie “wines” or gyrates to a rhythmic beat that is played on tins or pans by his imps. While some of his imps supply the music, others hold his chain, seemingly restraining him as he pulls against them in his wild dance.


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