I am a 🇹🇹 by birth, but I currently live in Maryland, 🇺🇸. I still, however, acknowledge Trinidad and Tobago and its culture as home and the space in which I feel most comfy. One of Trinidad’s most renowned commodities is Trinidad Carnival and thousands congregate on the island every year for the annual festivities.
- Orisha (n): An African religion, mostly of Yoruba origin, known also as SHANGO, based on the worship of numerous ORISHA (deities), who also have Catholic counterparts. Worship includes spirit possession, drumming, dancing, chanting, and animal sacrifice. Severely represses at times during the past, it has survived, and is now more openly accepted (Yoruba orisha ‘diety’) = African work, Shango.
- Devotees of the Orisha or the Rada faiths were often imprisoned and even flogged under an 1868 law –Convictions Ordinance 1868 – which made the practice of ‘Obeah’ a criminal offence. (Brereton 1993:50)
- Steelbands as well was tamboo bamboo bands had a deep connection, in terms of musical influence with Orisha centres in East Dry River (Stuempfle 1995:39)
maljoe, maljeu(n): Evil eye; the belief that a conscious or unconscious look of envy or ill will can harm someone. <French Creole malzie, Spanish mal de ojo‘evil eye’; Yoruba fi oju buruku si‘put uglyeye on, Igbo /ole anja‘look ugly eye’, Kikongo / ntadidi je disu/ ‘look with badeye’
- I heard them say how my donkey grows, It seems like they want to give it maljo… The whole this is through jealousy , Because they want to buy me donkey from me.
- A disease, attributed to
maljo, characterized by fever, changed colour, inability to urinate, loss of appetite and weight, greenish stool.
- Waving Gallery (n): An area of the former airport building at Piarco Trinidad, where people waiting for arriving passengers could see and wave to them as they came in.
- We stand up in the waving gallery and watch you pulling your bag, I could imagine how your hand feeling. (Doh Say Dat, TG, 15 Sept 1991:13)
- Sprawl Off (v): Sprawl; lie around in a relaxed manner with limbs spread out. (< English sprawl ‘stretch out on the ground, etc. in an awkward manner’) = loll off, spread off.
- After Sunday lunch,
rel‘ man does be sprawl off in a hammock under the coconut tree.
- After Sunday lunch,