The Modern Table of Nations - Part 9

yeshuawept By yeshuawept, 27th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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South America and the Caribbean are my focus on this page.

South America

Argentina is the ancestral land of 1 of my sisters. My father once told me of some family connection to a city there called Comodoro Rivadavia; I think it had something to do with 1 of his South African relatives. Their flag is yummy: 2 light blue stripes, centered by a white stripe, and a yellow sun in the middle wearing a human face known as the Sun of May. The symbolic sun commemorates the appearance of the actual sun through cloudy skies on 25 May 1810 during the 1st mass demonstration in favor of independence. The sun's face makes me think of that freakshow called Teletubbies, which featured a sun containing a live-action video of a smiling baby face. Spanish is the tongue of Argentina.

Uruguay's flag is similar to Argentina's, but is graced by 4 light blue stripes and 5 white ones, with a cooler sun face. The Vatican's religion is the dominant religion in this nation. This is 1 of the few nations in South America which did not have much of an Inquisition crowd chasing after the Hebrews. In 1920, at the San Remo Conference, Uruguay supported the idea of Hebrews having the Land of Israel as their homeland; Uruguay was the 1st Latin American nation to recognize the newly-born Israel. After modern Israel was established, many Hebrews came to Uruguay from Arab lands. Montevideo is the capital; it was founded by the Spanish in 1726.

Brazil speaks Portuguese primarily. The Vatican is the king of their religious minds. Sao Paulo is the largest city in population. I saw an emotional movie called City of God, about the poor of Rio de Janeiro: the film's portrayal of the children of that city was very tender and made you want to hug them all with the arms of compassion. Capoeira is a kid's game/dance/exhibition/show/combat rolled up in 1: it was created in Brazil hundreds of years ago by African slaves, and has become an art form which preserves their heritage and promotes health. And then there is Carnival: in Rio, it is a wild 4 day celebration during the peak of Brazil's summer - you could call this time of festivity Brazil's version of Halloween on crack.

Suriname has to be the most gloriously oddball nation in South America. Suriname's majority ethnic group is Hindustani (also called 'East Indians'). Dutch is the official tongue. Hindu is the prevailing religion, with Protestants right behind them. This nation was 1st explored by the Spaniards, then settled by the English, but ended up being the domain of the Dutch. Once slavery was ended there, laborers were brought in from Java and India. I really like the national coat of arms: it contains a shield which has a scene of a slave ship at night. The national anthem is God Be With Our Suriname; the 2nd verse is written in Sranan Tongo ('Negro English').

Guyana's largest ethnic group is East Indian. Protestant is the largest religous group, consisting mainly of Pentecostals, Anglicans, 7th Day Adventists and Methodists. No wonder that pretty Guyanese lady I met in Lower Manhattan took me to World Changers Church International! That church had the silliness of Pentecostals which I despise. Anyhow, the Guyanese lady was kind to me, and showed compassion to me at a time of great suffering. Speaking of Manhattan, I thank God that Guyana had sense enough to keep its New Amsterdam: it is such a cool name for a city. Guyana has a cute little critter called the Golden Frog.

Venezuela's capital is Caracas. As of this writing, Hugo Chavez is unfortunately still the president of V. He has weakened their democratic institutions, promoted drug-related violence, and endangered their indigenous peoples. Though he is a madman which I relate to melancholy, he fascinates me. He was born in 1954 and found out he was good at baseball. He spent time in prison. He was elected as president in 1998. Spanish is the official tongue. God help that nation!

Colombia, land of the city with a cool name - Cartagena. Just over half of C is of the mestizo ethnic group. Once again, my mind goes back to New York City, where I met an amiable gal from C: she was all the more appealing in her white coat with the fuzzy around the top. I can totally see her in the Cartagena coat of arms: a lovely woman dressed in a brown form-fitting native dress with feathers on her head. It looks like she is sitting on a rock and has a chain at her feet. She sits in front of gorgeous blue water and green land, with a castle on the left and a church on the right. Her hair comes down to her buttocks.

Ecuador has 5 natural hazards, 1 of which is volcanism: in the Andes Mountains there is volcanic activity. E has had 20 constitutions since receiving their independence from Jah. The Galapagos Islands are included in E's land area. As far as I am concerned, Dallas has eye-candy in Cynthia Izaguirre, whose ancestry is from the mighty E; she is probably my favorite TV newslady. I remember doing an essay on E when I was in 5th grade: I was so glad to have picked that country for some reason; the name appealed to me so much. And then there is the cute city name Quito. The city's church procession on Good Friday has a blue/purple KKK effect - the mysterious persons are called 'conical-hooded cucuruchos'.

Peru is about 45% Amerindian. Lima is the capital. P has a dozen natural resources, 3 of which are copper, silver and gold. My 1st post-divorce girlfriend was from P. Her personality was the most night/day type I have ever seen to date; always keeping me on my toes. She was Jah's strange but precious gift to me at a very dark time in my life. P's flag bears a vicuna, cinchona tree and yellow cornucopia spilling out coins. The vicuna is a delicate-looking eye-pleaser, of the camel family (but much less intimidating in its features). The Quechua of Peru were the 1st to discover the medicinal properties of the cinchona tree; the Quechua were the natives who were trampled by the Spanish.

Chile's flag looks like the kissing corner of Texas' flag: it has a red band across the entire bottom and a white star in the corner. C's land mass includes Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) and Isla Sala y Gomez. In 2011, it was said that C's environmental issues were widespread deforestation, and mining which threatens their natural resources. While in the army, I had a roommate from Chile - he could barely speak English and seemed to look older than his real age. He was my 1st impression of C, and he was very quiet and respectful. C's population was placed at over 17 million people in 2011. Santiago is the capital; it is a name I am fond of. I remember how happy I was one day to finally realize that the name was Spanish for James (Yakov in Hebrew).

Paraguay is almost 90% Roman Catholic (they know who butters their bread - the pope). The capital's name is a nice touch, Asuncion ('Assumption' in English). This is no doubt a reference to Miryam, a woman so perverted by the Vatican. The 'Holy See' (Sancta Sedes, holy chair = the jurisdiction of the Vatican) has a doctrine called the Assumption of Mary, which teaches that the body of Mary was taken up into heaven at her life's end. I suppose it differs from Yeshua's ascension in that he rose up to heaven as a man who had already died and came back to life. Another title given to her is the Virgin of Miracles: a Paraguay Travel Guide tells us that in the 1500's 'an Indian Christian, who was a sculptor, was out in the bush searching for mud...the converted Indian prayed to the Virgin Mary to keep him safe' because of some enemies who made him feel uncomfortable; since he was left unharmed, he carved a statue of her. The statue ended up in a cathedral, located at Caacupe, which is just outside of Asuncion. This Virgin of Caacupe turned the place into P's religious capital. Anyhow, getting us back down to earth, P's natural resources are limestone, manganese, iron ore, timber and hydropower. P's southeast receives local flooding from September to June.

Bolivia's capital - La Paz - is the highest capital of the world. La Paz is the administrative capital, and Sucre is the legislative/judicial (constitutional) capital. B was named after Simon Bolivar, a man who was born in Venezuela in 1783. He praised the American Revolution. After some visits to Europe, he came back to Venezuela determined to free his nation, by military means. B's Protestant group is basically Evangelical Methodist. I find this to be a pleasant find, since the Methodists did not really catch my eye in other South American nations. The Oikoumene World Council of Churches says that this group received the Order of the Condor, the highest honor given by the Republic of Bolivia in 2006.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean (or West Indies) is a large area of islands between North and South America. Caribbean stems from Carib, said to mean 'brave ones', based on the tongue of the Arawakans, a native group in the area. I only list the island nations here, since some islands are owned by nations outside of the Caribbean

Just off the South American coast is Trinidad & Tobago. The largest ethnic group is Indian (of South Asia). English is the official tongue. There seems to be an equal number of Protestants and Roman Catholics. The Protestants here are mainly Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal and 7th Day Adventist. The Hebrews mixed in quite heavily here, causing Ariel Scheib to say that only 31 practicing Jews remained at the start of the 1900's (too many Hebrews believe that a 'practicing Jew' is one who only adheres to Judaism; some think that a Jew remains a Jew as long as he does not convert to Christianity). Sir Nathaniel Nathan is T & T's famous Hebrew - he was Associate Justice of the Trinidad Supreme Court (1893-1900) and Chief Justice (1900-1903).

The Dominican Republic sits on the island of Hispaniola. The natives of DR are called the Taino. The capital is Santo Domingo, named in honor of Saint Dominic (founder of the Friars Preachers, better known as 'Dominicans'). Dominic was born in Caleruega, Spain. But the part of DR's history that I really like is their pirates. In 1586, the pirate Sir Francis Drake brought his dread to DR; he was an Englishman; he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the 1st. DR's natural resources are silver, gold, bauxite and nickel. They are subject to severe storms from June to October.

The Bahamas have a sharp, smart-looking flag: a black triangle piercing a gold band (for the beaches) and 2 aquamarine bands (for the sea). The Bahamas are 85% black. English is the official tongue. Protestants are the largest religous group, being led by the Baptists (even though some religious scholars do not count Baptists to be in the category of 'Protestant'; Rejectionists would be a better term - that is, they not only preceded the Catholics, but rejected popish doctrine instead of merely protesting it; Baptists were known by other names before they were given the permanent name 'Baptists'). When Christopher Columbus sailed into this family of islands, the Lucayan Indians were already in charge.

Cuba's capital is Havana. Their eastern coast is subject to hurricanes from August to November. Spanish is the official tongue. Fidel Castro is another 1 of those twisted leaders that amazes me. His birthyear is uncertain. He was educated by Jesuits. In 1948, he married a wealthy woman named Mirta Diaz Balart. In 1961, he declared Cuba to be a socialist state. There is some speculation about whether or not Castro is a Hebrew. It is said he has claimed he is a descendant of Marranos - Spanish/Portuguese Hebrews who converted to Messiah during the late Middle Ages, under threat of persecution, but who still continued to follow traditional Judaism. In 2010, The Atlantic published an article that quoted Castro as saying that Israel is the Middle East's 'gendarme' = a police officer, soldier or cavalryman, based on the French term for 'people at arms'.

Jamaica is about 91% black. J is overwhelmingly Protestant. J speaks English. J was discovered in 1494 by Christopher Columbus - Luis de Torres (Columbus' Marrano interpreter) was an eyewitness of the discovery. It is said Luis de Torres was versed in Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Latin. Columbus brought him along since he felt that the discovery crew would be running into Asian descendants of Israel's ancient tribes. What the crew found were Arawaks. Then Spain brought in African slaves. The British took over the island. J loosed the chains of the UK in 1962. Kingston, the capital, was founded in 1693; it became known as the hometown of Bob Marley; it is the largest English-speaking city south of the USA.

Antigua & Barbuda's flag has a good magic about it: a triangle containing white, blue and yellow (to evoke sand, sea and sun); red is for the dynamism (= great energy) of the nation, black is for the African heritage of the majority. The Siboney lived there since the days before Messiah on earth, then the Arawaks came over when Columbus made his 2nd voyage. A little bit of the glory of the Siboney seems to be found in a hotel called Siboney Beach Club, in Dickenson Bay: we are assured that at this hotel we can find a beach bar, rooms with a clock radio, at least 1 security guard to make the fearful feel safe, and a laundry service. And if you are bored on a Sunday, you can attend the nation's biggest church group - Protestants, who are represented by Anglicans, 7th Day Adventists, Pentecostals, Moravians, Methodists, Church of God (and Baptists, if you consider them to be Protestant). Bethany Moravian Church sounds interesting. It is said the Moravians began in the village called Kunvald (Czech Republic).

Barbados' flag would make a sailor proud: a black trident represents independence and a break from colonialism. Bathsheba is a city on the east coast: it seems it was named thus because legend says that just as the Bible's Bathsheba bathed in milk to keep her skin nice, so too the surf-covered waters of this island town resembles her bath (because of the minerals and life of Barbados' waters). Barbados speaks English and 93% of the population is black. The majority religion is Protestant. This island was empty of humanity when the British arrived in 1627. A famous writer of Barbados is George Lamming: he was born there in 1927 and wrote about decolonization in the Caribbean nations.

Dominica's flag bears a Sisserou parrot on a triple-colored cross representing the Trinity. This parrot is called 'The Pride of Dominica': it is a shy but attractive native; they can live over 70 years (some have outlived their captors - giving the bird the last laugh, seeing that he did not asked to be captured in the 1st place). French patois is spoken: patois refers to a regional form of the language; provincial (patois literally means 'clumsy speech' (I suppose you could say that of the Afrikaners as well). Rastafarians make up about 1% of the population. In 2006, an article published by Assata Shakur Forums (online) said that Dominica's Rastafarians called for a name change for the island. Ras Adama Taffari said the new name should be Whitukubuli, an indigenous name meaning 'tall is her body'; Taffari says this is so that the new name will 'relate to the Creator, and not to the devil'. The Rastafari movement started in Jamaica by the hand of Marcus Garvey, who is considered a 2nd John Baptist. Rastafari was said to have started in 1930, the year Emperor Hailie Selassie the 1st was crowned.

Haiti's flag has a motto which says: 'Union Makes Strength' (L 'Union Fait La Force). French is the official tongue. Roman Catholics make up 80% of the population. I wonder if half the population still practices voodoo. It is apparent that many Catholics were dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight (practicing voodoo along with their Christian feelings). It seems their January 2010 earthquake would have slapped them out of their religious stupor (apathy). In March 2011, the stage performer Michel Martelly ('Sweet Micky') was elected as president. Before his presidency, he was Haiti's popular singer/performer. Perhaps RoRo Eustache - Haitian Christian Outreach's lead missionary - can make a difference and bring this half-island out of spiritual mire (swampy ground). RoRo is an evangelist who graduated from Ozark Bible College (now Ozark Christian College) in Bentonville, Arkansas. RoRo then added to his education by graduating from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois.

St Kitts & Nevis has a Lebanese population. English is the official tongue and Anglicans dominate the religious scene: that is because the British settled on these islands in 1623. Before that, the native tribes were fighting each other, then the French threw their 2 cents in, but the British were the ones who won the day for a long time. SK&N's island sibling Anguilla left the fold in 1971: Anguilla's politician Ronald Webster led the revolt; it is said the St Kitts officials were mistreating the public and misusing funds. SK&N gained its independence in 1983. The northern island was called St Kitts as a sloppy way of saying Saint Christopher, who is said to have been a martyr during the reign of the Roman Emperor Decius. Kitts is the island which is called 'Queen of the Caribees', because of its unspoiled nature. The nation's motto is 'Country Above Self'.

St Lucia has a city called Cul de Sac: perhaps those who settled it felt that it was a dead-end, where they could make no more progress - I guess I would have to visit to see if there is a more practical reason for such a name. SL became independent in 1979. SL's highest point is Mt Gimie. Roman Catholics lead the religious scene on this island: they are the ones who gave the island its name, to commemorate St Lucy, a wealthy Christian martyr were was born in Syracuse, Sicily. SL's flag is blue, with a gold triangle below a black arrowhead: these 2 sharp shapes refer to the twin Pitons - volcanic plugs symbolic of the island. A volcanic plug is a landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. The Gross Piton is easier to climb; the Petit does not even have a welcome center!

St Vincent & the Grenadines has a Port Elizabeth (South Africa's Port Elizabeth was where I was born). The natural resources of these islands are hydropower and cropland. The Soufriere volcano (on St Vincent island) is constant threat. The diamonds of their flag show them as the Gems of the Antilles. Antilles is a term referring to a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into 2 parts: Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. Antilles is a term which existed before Europeans reached the New World. Antilia referred to almost mythical lands located to the west of Europe, across the Atlantic. The root of Grenadines is grenade, French for 'pomegranate'.

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I am an Afrikaner American and I have learned to embrace my role as an evangelist, writer and traveler. My writing is a reflection of my experience, journeys and theology.

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