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If people were still afraid of ghosts, there would be less crime — author Delva Harvey Baker

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, September 06, 2018

MARYLAND, Hanover — Retired Hanover educator, and author, Delva M Harvey Baker, who is set to officially launch her first book in Jamaica on Saturday, believes that if people were still afraid of ghosts, there would be less crime.

“When I studied the African retention, I said oh, this is the belief and I started talking to people and I always say, if people still believe in ghosts, we would not have so much crime,” said Harvey Baker in an interview with the Jamaica Observer West.

“When I was a child, I did not hear of murders. But when somebody was killed, it was very rare that people kill people. But, when somebody died, everybody would be scared for a while to be walking at nights especially if they claimed that the person [that died] was not a Christian [a bad person],” she explained.

Harvey Baker made the comments as she sought to explain how the idea of writing the book “Maryland, My Maryland” came about.

The launch takes place at the Maryland All-Age School in Hanover.

The book, which consists 185 pages, was published on February 15 this year, and made available on Amazon.com.

Already there are plans in place to publish a follow-up book, which she hopes will be on the market by 2020.

According to Harvey Baker, reviews from readers who have purchased the book from Amazon have complained that the book, which is made up of four sections, is too short. The heading within each section is about Maryland, scary stories, ghostly journeys and supernatural customs and historical ties.

The book delivers an entertaining account of perspectives, beliefs. customs and plain 'duppy' stories from Jamaica and Mexico. Readers are expected to get an informative, yet amusing look into the cultural and religious customs of both countries. It also provides some historical background surrounding colonial life in Jamaica.

“So, the first section of the book defined ghost, the beliefs, the Christian beliefs and then it goes down to speaking about Maryland,” said Harvey Baker, who grew up with her family in the deep rural community of Maryland after leaving Lucea Primary School to attend the Maryland All-Age School, where she spent over 30 years as an educator.

Harvey Baker, who is the cousin of journalist and former radio talk show host, Barbara Gloudon, has three children — one daughter and two sons — who are all trained teachers. However, only her daughter, who is currently a principal at a school in Mexico, remains in the education field.