Buidula Fedu Essay

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Imagine doing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Getting out two slices of bread, spreading peanut butter on both sides, preferably chunky peanut butter, spreading whichever jelly you are in the mood for over it, placing both slices of bread one over the other, and finally taking a bite, feeling the butter melt in your tongue but you can still feel the small pieces of the peanuts, still salty combined with the sweetness of the jelly, captures in perfectly toasted bread. By the way, I am a little hungry if you have not notice. But going back to the imaginary peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as you may have notice throughout time people actually do call it “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” ...view middle of the document...

Garífuna itself means the language they use, the culture, or the person itself. However, the term used for the people as a whole is “Garínagu”. It is believed that the ethno genesis of the Garínagu came from an actual ship-wreckage. The story of the origin of the Garínagu starts actually with the genocide of the Arawak in the island of St. Vincent by a tribe of warrior Indians from South America called Callinagu (Gargallo). After conquering the island, the Callinagu ended up killing all the male Arawak, keeping only the females. Throughout time, both races ended up marrying and having children, giving birth to a new race known as the Red Caribs. However, it was approximately during 1635 when two slave ships original from Africa wrecked near the island. The prisoners immediately swam to land and created friendship bonds with the Red Caribs, a name given by the Spaniards which meant “Cannibals”.
The race which resulted from the merging of the African and the Red Caribs became known in 1763 by the Englishmen as the “Black Caribs”. Eventually a two year war would start between the Black Caribs and the Englishmen, culminating in the banishment of the Black Caribs from St. Vincent Island. In 1797 almost all the Black Caribs went to the western Caribbean until they finally landed in the north coast of Honduras where they would eventually spread throughout the coast, to the Bay Islands, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua (Davidson) to be known as the Garífuna or Garínagu.
We can see the transculturation of the Red Caribs and the African in the Garínagu even today. Garífuna men still hold the color, height and corpulent body shape of an Africans. However, most of their culture descends from the Red Caribs (Gargallo). They adopted...

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