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With Confucius: Morality is Heaven! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

With Confucius: Morality is Heaven!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Confucius

Confucius

We met at Hyde Park in London. We were from different worlds. He was Confucius, teacher and educator who is known for his lessons on propriety, virtue  and morality. I was a transplant. My ancestors went from India to the Caribbean and many of us are now part of a second indenture in which questions of identity, inclusion and outsidership are constantly asked and debated.

We sat on an elongated bench that overlooked the pond and the sounds of the Sunday soapboxes filled the air. The speakers bawled about every injustice imaginable and one man in a red suit called for the end to the world. This brought a short applause from a nearby group and a smile from Confucius. Continue reading

Myths, Legends, Folktales and Fables of Guyana

Myths, Legends, Folktales and Fables of Guyana

By Dmitri Allicock for the Guyaneseonline blog

The practices of Myths, legends, folktales and fables is said to provide continuity and stability to a culture. They foster a shared set of perspectives, values, history and literature, in the stories themselves. Through these communal tales, we are connected to one another, to our ancestors, to the natural world surrounding us, and to society; and, in the myths which have universal themes; we are connected to other cultures. Through their authoritativeness and the respected characters within them, myths establish a culture’s customs, rituals, religious tenets, laws, social structures, power hierarchies, territorial claims, arts and crafts, holidays and other recurring events, and technical tips for hunting, warfare, and other endeavors.   Continue reading

Ajax and the Tale of Socoyan – Clinton Cameron

Foreword by Clinton Cameron:

“Ajax and Tale of the Sucoyan” by Clinton Cameron is a historical fiction.  Basically, the story consists of two parts.  Ajax, is a collage of childhood pastime, attending Sunday School, passing classes and memorable characters.  Tale of the Sucoyan, is about a superstitious belief in the existence of sucoyans and other unnatural beings.

Ajax’s mom and dad ensured that their children developed a sense of pride, decency, respect, selflessness, and high moral values, in spite of negative distractions of their environment.  His mom, Medina, was a strict disciplinarian and did not compromise the importance of education and living in their own property in a decent neighborhood.  Freddy, his father, was a cooper and he made washtubs from pork barrels.  He was hardworking and on weekend nights he told the children several entertaining folktales.

In the folktale of the sucoyan, the local residents of McKenzie, a bauxite town, twisted the facts of Lady Mora,’s death through ongoing gossip, into a tale of a sucoyan (vampire).   The behavior of the residents was observed by Ohini, the Elder of Ancestors’ Village.

The villagers were descendants of runaway slaves. Through the years, they developed a lifestyle that made them self-sufficient and independent.  They maintained the beliefs and culture of their ancestors and did not give in to the dominating effects of the monstrous Bauxite Plant on the lives of the local residents.

Structurally, the book can be regarded as several short selections that are connected by Ajax’s flashbacks, and in some cases, flashbacks within flashbacks.  This style may encourage literary discourses about de-structuralism in literature.  Ajax and Tale of the Sucoyan is my first literature book.

I hope that readers find the story entertaining and meaningful.

Read complete excerpt: Excerpt from the Sokoyan Tale

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