The Origin Of Trinidad Carnival Essay

1237 Words Jun 7th, 2015 null Page
It is a personal opinion that without art, music, and literature, the people are collectively dead. However, culture is more than art, music, and literature, it is the diverse contribution of the people to a subculture or main culture. While Black culture contributed to the culture of the United States of America, Caribbean popular culture is and has always been the channel used by the lesser group. When the dominant group tried to restrict the Carnival celebrations of the enslaved on the Caribbean islands in 1800 and early 1900 the lesser group fought back . For the purpose of this essay, Trinidad Carnival will be the focus of this discourse. The origin of Trinidad Carnival can be traced to the 18th century French extravagant masquerade balls at Christmas and before the Catholic Lenten season as well as the African religious celebrations, rituals, customs and beliefs.
The limited geographical area, subordinate status and unequal treatment encouraged a form of cultural relativism necessary for the African enslaved and Indian indenture servants to keep their ancestor’s culture; its worth and same value.
Caribbean culture started as a Micro Culture. The term Micro-culture is a new term; still it illuminates the growth of the Africans enslaved and Indian indenture servants’ distinctive culture in the Caribbean. Even though, Trinidad Carnival has roots in the French extravagant masquerade balls at Christmas and before the Catholic Lenten season as well as the African and…

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