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