Catenations, Possessions and Vendettas

What I believe to be true

A mount covered with wax and other objects within the walls of a baptist Church debating the degree of belief in Obeah which is practiced in Trinidad and Tobago

Drive along any road in Trinidad and Tobago and you will see signs that read, The Early Church Movement of Jesus or Bible Society Depot, and of cause The Assembly Of God Egypt. These places of worship are small brightly painted buildings with white ventilation blocks. The ventilation blocks are needed to dissipate the heat from parishioners shouting praises to the all mighty, and a bit more……

A makeshift altar in an abandon lot, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Belief in superstition and religious practices is prevalent in Trinidad and Tobago and many people turn to it for some sort of protection to themselves and plant harm unto others. The high priest or Obeah woman can indoctrinate a power onto you. The use of concoctions, symbols or rituals are a part of the belief and many Trinidadians believe that it works.

New York: A West Indian man is looking for work and goes to a high priest. In front of the house there are statues of cats and two upside down machetes. Inside, the living room is painted in orange and blue. The priest enters the room dressed in a loud red suit. Then he offer his client the reassurance of the job by offering some blessed water. All he has to do is to dab it on and de work his. Later that day, the layman goes to the storefront and gets the job without any qualms.

Tobago: A man refuses to pay an undertaker and intimidates the him by saying he throw some Obeah on him. The undertaker who is German says his Congo born father comes from a place where their are real priests. You eh know what black magic is, I ‘ll cover your entire family with dust, you fraud. A day or two later, the bill is paid in full.

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The term Obeah, is similar to Voodoo which has its root from Africa. For Christians, Hindus, or Muslims, Obeah is used to call on the deeds, the catenations, the possessions and vendettas against other. It is thread that is fused with all faiths for gain, loss, for good or evil.

The headless and handless Virgin Mary with wax residue commonly seen in cemeteries in Trinidad. The objects are used in Obeah catenation

In dilapidated cemeteries across Trinidad and Tobago, decapitated statues speak of the under-world. Burning candles and wax residue mark the catenation which people practice to expel spirits or evoke possession.

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