Friday, January 29, 2010
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As you probably know, Haiti still needs our help. Haitian authorities say the death toll is well over 150,000, and survivors are coping with serious, untreated injuries, and a lack of access to food and water. As time moves on, so will the images and sense of urgency. And it will be more difficult to raise needed funds to support the people of Haiti. Donate through trusted charaties that provide humanitarian aid.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Charikanari 2 from Belize Vacation on Vimeo.
Charikanari may have originated as a spinoff from the Joncunu Festival. Descriptions of 17th Century performers mention two forms of dressing: the beautiful, presumably like our present day Joncunu dancers and the grotesque described as wearing cowhead attire with real horns worn over a head wrap and a wire screen mask. Today's Charikanari "cow" and "hunter man" surrounded by a group of masked dancers offer hours of entertainment to the young spectators who amuse themselves by teasing the players.
Performers go from house to house entertaining the community with antics. Boys and men dress as women while wearing a masks and dance. The "Two Foot Cow" taunts children who tease him with "moo moo, no tail".
Charikanari is performed in the Garifuna communities during Christmas, up to the 6th of January (or the weekend closest). It is believed to be a spin off from another festival, Wanaragua
It is a mimed dance where a "hunter man" is looking for the "Two Foot Cow". It is like a play unfolding with the dancers doing antics and the Two Foot Cow is teased and in turn taunts the spectators. It can be funny to see how the cow dances and shakes his bottom while kids try to smack him and run.
Wanaragua - John Kunnu 1 from Belize Vacation on Vimeo.Inside the ring of onlookers is a loose circle of dancers awaiting their individual turns to perform, beginning with the youngest. With forearms extended, the incessant hypnotic movement of the dancer's feet match the rhythm and pattern of the two drummers. But it is the dancer's movement that dictates the drummers' beat and not the other way around. Paying keen attention, the drummers know when to pause, when to change the rhythm, and how to keep the flow. Each dancer brings his own unique style and flavor so the dancing is not repetitious. Audience participation and approval is sought with displays of grace, trademark moves and the occasional comical gestures.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I truly love this kitchen, a great fire hearth, where the fish is smoked from the fire that is kept going all day, you could pretty much cook anything you like over the open flames. The “grub” box is fully stocked at all times and the spice rack is well equipped. Tea time in the evenings is always with Johnny cakes made fresh daily.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The day before Ganna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. The shamma is worn somewhat like a toga. Urban Ethiopians might put on white Western garb. Then everyone goes to the early mass at four o'clock in the morning. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.
Most Ethiopians who live outside the modern capital city, Addis Ababa, live in round mud-plastered houses with cone-shaped roofs of thatched straw. In areas where stone is plentiful, the houses may be rectangular stone houses. The churches in Ethiopia echo the shape of the houses. In many parts of the country there are ancient churches carved out of solid volcanic rock. Modern churches are built in three concentric circles.
In a modern church, the choir assembles in the outer circle. Each person entering the church is given a candle. The congregation walks around the church three times in a solemn procession, holding the flickering candles. Then they gather in the second circle to stand throughout the long mass, with the men and boys separated from the women and girls. The center circle is the holiest space in the church, where the priest serves Holy Communion.
Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called Ganna. It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.
The foods enjoyed during the Christmas season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served from a beautifully decorated watertight basket onto a "plate" of injera, which is flat sourdough bread. Pieces of injera are used as an edible spoon to scoop up the wat.
Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. The children walk to church services in a procession. They wear the crowns and robes of the church youth groups they belong to. The grown-ups wear the shamma. The priests will now wear their red and white robes and carry embroidered fringed umbrellas.
The music of Ethiopian instruments makes the Timkat procession a very festive event. The sistrum is a percussion instrument with tinkling metal disks. A long, T-shaped prayer stick called a makamiya taps out the walking beat and also serves as a support for the priest during the long church service that follows. Church officials called dabtaras study hard to learn the musical chants, melekets, for the ceremony.
Ethiopian men play another sport called yeferas guks. They ride on horseback and throw ceremonial lances at each other.
Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.
All Photos by Linda
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
AND HERE:Mr. Amin Bedran-Georgeville, San Ignacio, Cayo
Friday, January 1, 2010
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After returning to Belize in 1976, he took up the position as Factory Chemist, a position he held until 1985 when he was promoted to that of Production Superintendent. From 1985 onwards, BSIL has sent him to numerous Countries around the world including Brazil, many US States, Jamaica, Trinidad, Curacao, Guatemala, Mexico, UK and more recently a Four Month period in Swaziland and South Africa.