Awaiting the Next Guest Blogger

Money roll

Thanks to the guest bloggers for keeping Dutch Guyana online and adding to it.

The title of this post speaks for itself. There is still no money available, so we await the next guest blogger to donate time and energy. Continue reading

Watra Wenu In the Diaspora

YemayaMami Wata

”’Mami Wata (Mammy Water)”’ is venerated in West-, Central-, Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America. Mami Wata spirits are usually female, but are sometimes male.

“Mami Wata” where “Mami” is the Pidgin English spelling of mammy (mother) “Wata” is the Pidgin English spelling of water is essentially a mermaid or humanistic water entity.

Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human). The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (Efik, Ibibio and Annang people). Continue reading

Export of Suriname Fruit and Vegetables

Boulanger and Sopropo - dwaExport of Surinam fruit & vegetables: market stagnates
Export of sopropo, boulanger and pomtajer increasing

Carel Jaspers and Jenna Wijngaarde, 2012

Consultant agencies Q-Point BV in the Netherlands and Capricorn Projekt Ltd in Suriname conducted a survey on Suriname and tropical fruit and vegetable products on the Dutch market and also in the CARICOM region during the period of 2008-2009. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV). (The countries of CARICOM region include Suriname, Guyana, Belize, Jamaica, Haiti and a number of islands in the Caribbean Sea including the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago). Continue reading

Winti From Africa to Suriname – Part 2.

Foto Film SaamakaWINTI

Continued from Part 1

The Winti Pantheon

The Winti religion recognizes four pantheons, each with its own particular theological society of gods and spirits, divided into male, female, and child gods, of which most have retained their African names and characteristics. The four pan­theons of air, Earth, water, and forest consist of the following gods:

1. The Tapu-Winti or Tapu Kromanti gods of the air, universes, and cosmos.

Wooding states that these Tapu-Winti are popular gods in the Para region of Suriname because these Continue reading

Winti From Africa to Suriname

Foto Film SaamakaWINTI

Introduction to African Suriname Religion

Winti is the cultural-religious heritage and essen­tial product of approximately four traditional African religions. Over the centuries, these have been fused into one as a result of the socializa­tion of Africans from different ethnic groups brought to Suriname during the slave trade. The Winti religion is part of a strong African cultural heritage that has sustained itself in Suriname despite centuries of slavery and cultural oppres­sion. The development and practice of the Winti religion has been attacked, obstructed, and inhibited over the centuries by the colonial cul­ture, in general, and the Christian churches, in particular. Winti was declared Continue reading

Making Friends With Bitter Sopropo

By Nature’s Pride (edited)

Sopropo is related to the cucumber and is also a immature fruit. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sopropo is native to tropical Asia, but is grown in Suriname as well.

The typical sopropo is green, 20 to 30 cm long and oval shaped. Sopropo has an undulating surface. Its flesh surrounds a central seed cavity filled with large flat seeds. The seeds are white.The flesh is crunchy and watery in texture and has a bitter taste.

Garlic: Smelling Itch Free

Garlic Mosquito Remedy shrGarlic Repels Vampires, Mosquitos, and Ticks
Garlic is a Natural Repellant Against All Bloodsuckers
By Scott Kessman, Yahoo, 2006

The knowledge that garlic would repel vampires became a common truth after the publication of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. But villagers had been using garlic as a repellant of vampires for decades previous, and the myth is still practiced today in superstitious European towns and countries, where the belief of vampires is still strong.Many who have studied folklore have sought for reason and theory to explain why garlic would make a suitable repellant Continue reading