Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Island of Grenada


Grenada
Isle of Spice
(West Indies)

postmarked in 2009 with a Grenada $1 bird stamp
Blackburnian Warbler
dendroica fusca

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Music, dance, and festivals are extremely important in Grenada. Soca, calypso, and reggae set the mood for their annual Carnival activities. Over the years Rap music became famous among Grenadian youths and there have been numerous young rappers emerging in the islands underground rap scene. The islanders’ African heritage plays an influential role in many aspects of Grenada’s culture.

As with other islands from the Caribbean, cricket is the national and most popular sport and is an intrinsic part of Grenadian culture.

Another important aspect of Grenadian culture is the tradition of story telling, with folk tales bearing both African and French influences. The character, Anancy, a spider god who is a trickster, originated in West Africa and is prevalent on other Caribbean islands as well.

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