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Trinival: Carnival of the Gods

Trinival: Carnival of the Gods is an analytical look at the culture of Carnival as it is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, New Orleans, Canada, England, Spain, Switzerland and other Carnival cities. Many new topics are introduced and discussed in this fascinating book including the sexuality and sensuality in Carnival along with the music, costume and political dynamics. The East Indian influence and contribution to Trinidad Carnival along with a brief history of Chutney music concludes a very stimulating, informative, unique book.

Without any doubt, the Greatest Carnival on the Planet is Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (Trinival) which is held annually on the small two-island republic two days preceding Ash Wednesday. Trinival is beautiful, exciting, well organized and loaded with entertainment, merriment, joyous festivities, gala celebrations, lavish parties, many, many masqueraders on Carnival days and numerous Carnival events and festivities. These are some of the reasons for making Trinidad and Tobago Carnival one of the most celebrated and talked about festivities on the planet because many surprises await you once you make the escapade to The Mecca of Carnivalesque activities. The joyous, fun-filled event is attended by revelers from all over the world who plan for and anticipate witnessing first-hand – the most unique, artistic form of cultural expression in the world.

Carnival is a celebration that is magnetized by the huge, colorful depictions of historical phenomenon. The exotic grandeur of the costumes with the revelers swaying left and right to the infectious sounds of local music is not only enthralling but also simply breathtaking. Carnival is not only loaded with costumes, revelry, festivities, merriment and gala celebrations but is also therapeutic to the many who have traveled from afar to ease their tensions and get some reprieve from life’s stressors and struggles. Thus Carnival provides a cure for one’s ailment and frustrations.

Carnival is bacchanal. Carnival is aesthetic and beautiful. Carnival is women, gorgeous women. The beauty of many Carnival costumes displayed by voluptuous women of all sizes and shapes all full of bliss moving towards a crescendo – a joyous crescendo – is not only captivating but has a surreal effect on masqueraders, revelers and onlookers. This crescendo is what excites the Carnivalist in the festive bacchanal and revelry. This is what makes Trinidad’s Carnival the most sought after festivity on the horizon as everyone – masqueraders, revelers and onlookers are possessed by the Carnival spirit, the Carnival trinity and the Carnival gods.

The different depictions of historical phenomenon, creative and ideological perspectives and interesting interpretations of international and national events culminate in one explosion of color and fanfare that captures the imagination and excites you in a way that you did not know was possible. Once the Carnival spirit captures you, you have to obey the commands of the Gods and react accordingly. You have to dance, wine, gyrate, sing along and intoxicate yourself with the Carnival deity. You are finally hypnotized with the Carnivalesque behavior and you have received authorization from the Gods to play yourself and to enjoy yourself to the fullest without any inhibitions.

Trinidad’s Carnival is special and is the one Carnival that you have to experience in your lifetime. The Carnival of the Gods is magical and unbelievable and is a spectacle beyond one’s imagination. Once you are involved in the mythical display of beautiful costumes, gorgeous women, Carnivalesque behavior and frenetic energy – you have been exposed to the world’s most beautiful expression of culture – Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Therefore, you can tell everyone that you were a part of the magical, historical and creative phenomenon that is Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (Trinival).

Contact  Dr. L Grant at www.yacos.org  | ltgrant@netzero.com
 

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