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Belizean Customs
Folklore, superstitions and customs from Belize
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Belize: high praise « A year of reading the world

Belize: high praise « A year of reading the world | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
This was a recommendation from Shirlene at Belizean Publisher Cubola Productions, who I emailed for suggestions. There were several authors she could recommend, she said, but Zoila Ellis was her top pick and she was ...
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National Festival of Arts pictures

National Festival of Arts pictures | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

The Benque House of Culture represented Cayo at the NFoA.  Orchidea Negra was there, as was the Benque Marching Band!  We heard it was a spectacular time.


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Belizean Customs: Menstruation in Belize: Religion, Myths and Taboos

Belizean Customs: Menstruation in Belize: Religion, Myths and Taboos | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

Belizean customs very often focus on blood. You will hear people talking about 'strong blood', 'bad blood' and 'weak blood'. This life giving liquid, gives life to many customs. It is only logical therefore that a topic such as menstruation, involving the monthly passing of blood, will be surrounding with customs and taboos. Coming from a Western culture I grew up thinking that menstruation was a normal bodily process, it didn't really limit what I could do or whom I could do it with. It was a strange experience for me to discover that some Belizean men and women I met have a very different view on it.  

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BELIZE'S NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS LAUNCHES TODAY - LoveFM

BELIZE'S NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS LAUNCHES TODAY - LoveFM | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
LoveFMBELIZE'S NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS LAUNCHES TODAYLoveFMThe National Festival of Arts was launched during an opening ceremony at the House of Culture in Belize City this morning.
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Kriol Word of the Day: bab waiya

Kriol Word of the Day: bab waiya | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Fun site to learn Belizean Kriol words....

 

Usage:  Ah tayr mi frak pahn di bab waiya fens.

 

Translation - visit the site.


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Belizean Customs: Belizean Proverbs; Grauma use to seh

Belizean Customs: Belizean Proverbs; Grauma use to seh | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

A list of Belizean proverbs passed from generation to generation including: plantain no eat like rice, emty crocus bag cyan stan up, leave sleepin daag lone.

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Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World - Belize still uses traditional herbal medicine

Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World - Belize still uses traditional herbal medicine | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

Herbal medicine, often referred to as bush medicine, is a big part of Belize's cultural heritage. Plants are used to treat everything from everyday headaches and coughs to more serious ailments like diabetes and infertility....


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The best dessert awaits you in Belize

The best dessert awaits you in Belize | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Life is sweeter among the Garifuna people...

 

"...In 1635, two heavily laden Spanish slave traders sank off the coast of St. Vincent, the African slaves that survived taken ashore and granted refuge by the Arawak and Carib Indians inhabiting the Caribbean Isle. From this unlikely union sprang the Garifuna, an unusual blend of old and new world, with their own unique language, religion, customs and beliefs..."


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The Maya Ballgame: When the term “Sudden Death” has a whole new meaning

The Maya Ballgame: When the term “Sudden Death” has a whole new meaning | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Imagine the scene. The stands are packed. The crowd is glued to every move made on the court. Elite athletes focused. A ball hurtles toward the dirt, your hero dives for it, deflecting the heavy rubber ball with his shoulder.

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Superstitions: A Matter of Belief

Superstitions: A Matter of Belief | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
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Mayan prophecy: The world won’t end, as a newfound calendar goes on and on and on

Mayan prophecy: The world won’t end, as a newfound calendar goes on and on and on | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Some say 9th century calendar counters notions predicting the end of the world in December.
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Earliest Mayan calendar shows no hint of 'world ending in 2012'

Earliest Mayan calendar shows no hint of 'world ending in 2012' | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Washington, May 11 (ANI): Archaeologists in Guatemala have reported the striking discovery of a small building, whose walls exhibit not only a stunningly preserved mural of a brightly adorned Mayan king, but also calendars that obliterate any...
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Belizean Customs: Ina di Belizean House- Laandry... u white, u nuh kno fi scrub dem sock like ah black gial

Belizean Customs: Ina di Belizean House- Laandry... u white, u nuh kno fi scrub dem sock like ah black gial | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

Driving through Benque Viejo, a small village on the outskirts of San Ignacio, there is normally a group of Mayan looking women, dressed in white embroidered tops and knee length skirts, hair twisted back with pins, by the side of the river. Bags of washing balance in the shade of the riverside trees, the gnarled roots acting as shelves for the soap power. The scolding sun is offset by the cool river the women dip the clothes into, fiercely scrubbing them on rough rocks to get out any stains; a stream of milky water mingles into the green river water as the soap suds float downstream......

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Mayan Culture & The Ancient Maya

Mayan Culture & The Ancient Maya | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Mayan Culture & The Ancient Maya in Belize - Within the 365-acre reserve at Chaa Creek, there are over 50 mounds of Mayan Temples and structures constructed over 1,000 years ago. The ancient Mayan civilization is part of Belize’s rich culture.
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National Festival of Arts Cayo Highlights

National Festival of Arts Cayo Highlights | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

The NFoA is getting some really amazing talent.  Here are some pictures from Cayo's and Corozal's displays of talent.  Thanks to the Institute of Creative Arts for making this all happen.


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Communing with the Garifuna in Belize - YourLifeIsATrip.com

Communing with the Garifuna in Belize - YourLifeIsATrip.com | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Communing with the Garifuna in Belize. by Fyllis Hockman. Garifuna healer, Erdangela Polonio. Buyei, Belize. Picture this. The large thatched-roof, sand-carpeted temple was barren except for the obviously ill child curled up ...
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Filmbelize: Belize International Film Festival

Filmbelize: Belize International Film Festival | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
The 2012 Belize International Film Festival is taking The Cayo District by storm! Belize International Film Festival, Come join the celebration, and party with the Mayan's July 13th - 17th at the 7th annual Belize film Festival.
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The Majestic Ceiba Tree

The Ceiba tree, tree of life to the Mayans, a place to spot La Llorena weeping... so many ways this majestic tree is linked to Belizean Culture

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May Festivals all around Belize

May Festivals all around Belize | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

May is the month for festivals in Belize.  Three of them are happening this month.  The  Cashew Festival is happening this weekend in Crooked Tree.  Next weekend, there's the Toledo Cacao Festival.  The last weekend of the month, Hopkins is having their Mango Festival. 


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Belizean Customs: Belizean Tales: My Nan- Belizean Midwifery, Births and Bush Medicine

Belizean Customs: Belizean Tales: My Nan- Belizean Midwifery, Births and Bush Medicine | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

Before the unveiling of an ambulance service, before the national provision of electricity and before many people had vehicles of their own people had to take medical care into their own hands. Across the country of Belize existed a group of women whose duty it was to heal the sick, cure ailments, assist at births and provide general medical care within the towns and villages on the occasions that a doctor was unavailable. With many villages miles from the nearest towns these women held one of the most important roles in the community. They were known as wise women, bush doctors, midwives and parteras........

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Kriol Word of the Day: fret

Kriol Word of the Day: fret | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Fun site to learn Belizean Kriol words....

 

usage: Mi Magi aalwayz di fret oava how ih wahn pay ih bil dehn.

Translation: Visit site.


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Anansi folklore stories set to spin a tale at The Manchester Museum exhibition ... - Mancunian Matters

Anansi folklore stories set to spin a tale at The Manchester Museum exhibition ... - Mancunian Matters | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
Mancunian MattersAnansi folklore stories set to spin a tale at The Manchester Museum exhibition ...Mancunian Matters'We Face Forward: Anansi Stories' explores the stories of a mythological spider from West African and Caribbean folklore.
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Oldest known Maya calendar found in Guatemala

Oldest known Maya calendar found in Guatemala | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
In the remote northeastern corner of Guatemala, archaeologists have found what appears to be the 9th century workplace of a city scribe, an unusual dwelling adorned with magnificent pictures of the king and other royals and the oldest known Maya...
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Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found

Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it
The oldest-known version of the ancient Maya calendar has been discovered adorning a lavishly painted wall in the ruins of a city deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. (NO END OF THE WORLD!!!
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Belizean Customs: Belizean Food Favourites.... Beans

Belizean Customs: Belizean Food Favourites.... Beans | Belizean Customs | Scoop.it

Beans make up a major part of any Belizeans diet....

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