- Light Candle (phr): Perform an OBEAH ritual involving the lighting of a candle, in order to do harm to someone = put light.
If another Trinidadian tells you they will light a candle for you, it’s time to reconsider that friendship and get protection from spiritual powers such as obeah. The various words and Trini phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins.
Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago is interesting because the slangs can change over time. I have lived in the United States for 20 years now, and every time I travel back to Trinidad and Tobago, I have to reacquaint myself with the words and phrases that have evolved.
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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer