Weird Universe


Carnival in Trinidad:  Then and Now

I don't mean to sound like an Old Fart, but the 1957 Carnival just seems to me so much more charming and weird and ingenious--look at those bipedal seahorses with the mermaid--than the current version, which seems to be about nothing more than bare flesh. Maybe the 2015 videographer simply did not film the weird costumes--but then again, every other video of the 2015 carnival on YouTube features the exact same stuff. Now, I like bare flesh as much as the next voyeur, but I would really prefer to see a papier-mache Godzilla any day.

The Bimini Road (or Wall)

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 03, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: New Age, Caribbean

The Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church

Sacramental ganja, yeah mon!

The Wikipedia page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 07, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Religion, 1970's, Caribbean

Puerto Rican St. Pat’s Day


Do they still celebrate St. Patrick's Day with special fervor in Puerto Rico, thanking the saint for freedom from worms and ants? A charming thing, if they do.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 15, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Holidays, Insects, Religion, Rituals and Superstitions, 1920's, Caribbean

The Cuban Charlie Chan

"La Serpiente Roja" Primera película cubana sonora from Memoria de Cuba on Vimeo.

IMDB tells us: "A detective story which takes place in London, with Chinese investigator Chan Li Po, a very popular character of a Cuban radio series of the 30s and 40s. Written by Félix B. Caignet."

I'd love to see this whole film, based on this campy snippet.

The backstory, in Spanish.

You'll need to run this site through Google Translate.

Happy Japanese Reggae Band

I'm insulted and embarrassed, and I'm not even Jamaican!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 11, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Religion, Stereotypes and Cliches, Subcultures, Asia, Caribbean
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