After being brought to the Americas via the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans in the Americas made adaptation to maintain our psychological balance and equilibrium utilising both internal and external therapies.
Among the methods utilised were fetes in this case meaning ” religious feast ” in which to sub stage our spiritual appreciation of world and Cosmic phenomena. So that long before the Roman Catholic Church and the State decided to counteract our liberation celebrations of” Cannes Boule/CAMBOULAY/KAMBULE” , liberated and enslaved Africans were already celebrating fertility periods and festivals within the plantocracy created “societies”. Many Africans were accustomed to celebrating 90 day cycles marked by what we now know as Zodiacal signs which in reality represent sidereal realities. As early as the Winter Solstice Africans would fuse their celebrations of sidereal occurrences utilising the permitted celebratory forms,parang, choral singing,etc. to pay homage and respect to these manifest phenomena.
Both Emancipation Day and the 1st 90- day cycle from Winter Solstice to Vernal Equinox held/hold significance to many African sacred science practices and as such these periods were utilised to celebrate greater phenomena that met the eyes and awareness of the planter class.
Several guilds related to masquerade preservation and propagation were already being formed and maintaining the legacy and practice of the masquerade traditions that were kept alive and intact in the bosom of the African community.So that by the time the State and Church took action to place rules and regulations for a Carnival that the planter class hoped to dominate we were ready.
To be cont’d