Morbid History of the Martha Brae River
Then there is the legend of the old witch who lived on the banks of the River Matiberon before being captured by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. She was forced to direct them to the location of hidden treasure. Instead, she led them into a cave and then disappeared leaving them to parish on what would come to be known as the Marth Brae River.
Today, traveling down the river on a bamboo raft led by a tour guide is among the most popular tours on the island and is a great day trip experience from Moon Palace Jamaica. Just expect to feel chills as your guide recounts the story of the witch while you pass through the eerie beauty of the Marth Brae.
Duppy Comes Calling
On the interior of the island, another kind of ghost has the attention of the locals – the duppy. Although this legend is popular on numerous Caribbean islands, the fascination in Jamaica remains palpable to this day. The duppy is a malevolent spirit that takes various forms, including a “Rolling Calf,” “Three-footed horse,” and a shapeshifting witch called “Old Higue.”
Discussing duppy with local can be tricky as they will often avoid saying the word or laugh it off hoping to change the subject.
Resort to Fun
Once you’ve experienced Jamaica’s real ghost stories you might be yearning for a traditional Halloween celebration. Luckily, Moon Palace Jamaica, has a number of holiday-themed events where you can have fun without dealing with the island’s real spirits and ghosts.