Prince Randian of Guyana – by Peter Halder

Prince Randian of Guyana

by Peter Halder

Guyanese men and women have distinguished themselves in many fields of human endeavour, at home and overseas. The performing arts is no exception. Guyanese have been in films, on TV shows and on the stage. One has even been a feature attraction in the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the United States. And the amazing Guyanese had no arms or legs. He was known as Prince Randian.

The young man, born to Hindu parents in 1871 with neither arms nor legs, was 18 years old at the time. He was discovered by P.T. Barnum who transported him from the “Demerara district” and exhibited him as a human “oddity” or “freak” – a practice common in those days. Exactly how Barnum learned about the usual young man is unknown but he did. He arranged, in 1889 to bring the young man to New York. And hundreds of thousands of spectators paid to see him.     Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/
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  • Dmitri Allicock  On 07/29/2013 at 9:27 pm

    The famous Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968} who was born both deaf and blind once said,

    “If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.” – Helen Keller
    Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller
    Great post and thanks for sharing.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 07/29/2013 at 9:46 pm

    The term “Freak” attached to this clip was awful and demeaning- the point of the show wasn’t to illustrate the performers’ humanity but rather to emphasize their strangeness but perhaps being in a show was one of the few ways someone who looked different could get ahead in life and as a result Prince Randian is remembered.

    Here is Prince Randian-:

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