Story: The Ol’ Higue on Market Street – By Kevin Garbaran

Kevin Garbaran

Andre Haynes July 14, 2019 – Stabroek News — Writer’s Room

The author – Kevin Garbaran – is from Zorg village, Essequibo. Guyana. South America.

“Jumbie is not real” is what nine year old Devika had come to believe after her teacher interjected the idea into a conversation she was having with two of her friends during lunch break. Ms. Beverly explained that those were only stories and folktales from a time long ago, meant to frighten lil children. Devika clung to this notion, partially because she had never seen a Jumbie in real life, but mostly because the thought of any Jumbie being real terrified her.             

Her two friends, Javid and Celina, were not convinced. The two of them were bewitched by Jumbie stories and would seize every opportune moment to share them at school, often adding and omitting certain aspects depending on how far they let their imaginations stray in their retelling.

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  • Trevor  On 07/16/2019 at 11:41 am

    Dutch man jumbie haunt that silk cotton tree in Berbice.

    Ya know what is the similarity between the current Dutch Boers in SA and the Dutch man duppy here? They believe that they have a God-given right to rule the land, sorta like how Palestine is being occupied currently.

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