Monday, March 30, 2009

Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day

Today, March 30th is a holiday in Trinidad and Tobago. 'Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day', quite a mouthful but if you speak to the observers of this holiday, they will tell you that there are baptists and baptists.
The baptists, who all take their name from Saint John the Baptist have long been in our society as a religious group; but the shouters, when they got their holy spirit visions, they took to the street shouting, singing and chanting, sometimes trance like. They are the ones who were persecuted, ridiculed, harassed, imprisoned and chased off the streets.
Well up until 1951 when the law stated it was Ok for them to freely practise their religious rites.

bare feet step-
the swirling, swirling
--gillena cox

Happy Holiday March 30th 2009
Monday 30th March 2009 - the 13th anniversary of this holiday
more info here


Devika Jyothi said...

Interesting Gillena...the text and haiku :)

Happy Holiday, too :)


Michelle said...

Have a happy holiday. The ku you wrote goes along with the holiday of Baptist and baptism.

Have a blessed day Gillena.


Ralf Bröker said...

Without the comments I couldn't see the religous aspect. But I felt the in-between-thing from a time long ago: young, optimistic and sad - and days so long and moments so short. I like your haiku.

Best wishes

Emma Dalloway said...

great haiga - the words and the image work well together

Magyar said...

Enjoyed... this Gillena, I am there. _m

Masago said...

very interesting

John McDonald said...

nice one Gillena happy holiday to you

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for stopping by

much love

Kelly said...

Oh. That picture is just too cruel for this Minnesotan who is looking out her window right now on April 1 to snow.

Yes, people. Snow!

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