Negre Jardin Trinidad Carnival Costume

Trini Phrase: Negre Jardin

With the exception of a few fights between rival bands or Negre Jardins…the masqueraders were, on the whole, more amusing than anything else.

Merikan

Trini Phrase: Merikan

A group of black settlers and their descendants who fought with the British against the United States in the war of 1812, were called Merikans.

Maharajin. Sexy Maharajin

Trini Phrase: Maharajin

Don’t cry, maharajin. You is a good woman! As he came up the steps he shouted. ‘How you feeling these days, maharajin? Is me, Chittaranjan, the goldsmith.’

Trinidad Mermaid

Trini Folklore: Mermaids

There be mermaid here and Leviathan, great residents of the underwater. Amongst the writhing tides and white-capped blue-green waters, just where the Caribbean Sea reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Mermaid (n) Tobago: The mermaid or fairy maid is a folklore character of a woman with a fish tail instead of legs, who lives in a river or in the sea near the coast. She is not dangerous or evil but can pull people under the water, take them travelling, and then return them to shore.
    • It used to have a mermaid in the river here, but nobody ent see she for donkey years now.
Phantom in the forest

Trini Folklore: Phantom

  • Phantom (n) A folklore character; a very tall, misty white figure who stands at crossroads, and traps those who pass between his legs.
    • Then there were phantom – the headless spectre with extremely long legs that grip his victims in a death squeeze (Ahye 1983:45).
    • Even our mighty phantoms have found themselves confused with the old mas character from the comic strips (Araujo 1984:43).