Religion and Culture

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This is Friday, February 13, Heat Up,  2015

TOPIC: WHAT’S COOKING?

Culture and Religion

We bring you a variety of topics for your listening pleasure and for you to try out, and give us a feed back on how you do it. So neighbor let us all get in the spirit of this program and participate fully in— What’s Cooking?

Below is the order of our What’s Cooking Menu

Caribbean Gospel Solo MixWhat InJewism Symbol meansBush Kitchen Cook…Min. of Ed. NewsCook Up Rice from GuyanaHow to cook Guyanese SoupHow to make Dhal RotiSong Let’s be the Change│

That read by you, we commence with a prayer: Almighty God we thank you for life, health and strength, to be in the land of the living; and to live in peace where possible with all men. As civilized people, we can live together in peace, love and unity in all the ten regions in Guyana, and with all men everywhere. And by your grace, heavenly Father, do help our six peoples to come together as one people, one nation, with a common destiny to take back Guyana now, and together with our young people, restore her from its ruins of the past by your power: to a glorious Guyana both now and for our future generations, in Jesus’ name. Amen. We now go on to the next item on our menu, and this is “Caribbean Gospel Solo Mix“, with Sister Charmine. Ladies and Gentlemen, our precious Youths, this What’s Cooking, and to put you in the mood she starts with Fire, Fire, Fire!  Lets rejoice, and praise the Lord for all old and new Non Racial Voters (NRV).Thanks to Sister Charmine.

 Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

I hope that that rendition by Sister Charmine really charmed you into singing and dancing; and we now go to the next item on the menu which may be read below:- Enjoy.

 What our Injewism symbol represents?

The Symbol represents our InJew religion, namely, InJewism.  INJEWISM— is a strictly monotheistic religion of the InJew Nation in Christ, (founded in Guyana, South America), who exercise “Faith in Christ” for salvation and healing]. Faith in Christ is the new inner path to righteousness our little flock in Guyana has chosen on our way back to God through Him. [Romans 2:28-29, 1 Peter 2: 9, 10] The green arrow pointing inward indicates that our form of religion is inward, spontaneous and spirit led. The Star represents Christ Jesus our Example, Head and Hero. And as the Day Star who currently illuminate our minds. [1 Corinthians 11: 3; 11 Peter 1:19] The yellow border represents Yahweh’s glory through Christ shining all around and over us: and His prosperity upon us as individuals; and as a nation under the invisible Kingdom of Christ. [1 Peter 2: 9-10]. The black color on the Star represents the enduring faith of God’s people. The green band at the top and bottom of the banner each represents the green pastures both spiritual and physical in which Yahweh makes us to lie. [Psalm 23: 2-3].The white background represents the still waters beside which Yahweh by His Spirit leads us, as well as two characteristics of His Kingdom namely, righteousness and peace. [Psalm 23:2; Revelation 7:17; Romans 14:17; Isaiah 52:7; Ephesians 6:15]  Praise the Lord, and do remember this our small sub-group in your prayers. Thank you.

And now Ladies and Gentleman and all of our youths, we go on to a more practical side of every day life where we can learn some new things from others and even practice the good experiences that would benefit us. Well, don’t take my word for granted, make sure you see Bush Kitchen Cook and all the activities on the menu from following this one. │Bush Kitchen Cook…Min. of Ed. NewsCook Up Rice from GuyanaHow to cook Guyanese SoupWapishana Hammack│How to make Dhal RotiSong, Let’s be the Change│

We now bring an end to our Program, What’s Cooking? with the song entitled, “Let’s be the Change.”

If you can cook a good Cook Up, or Dhal Roti, or Soup, type Amen in the comment box. Until the next meet at What’s Cooking, God bless you.

Walking in the newness of life,

Pastor: Wilfred A. Wilson.

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History and Culture

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 Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation in Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.[Rom. 2: 29; 1 Peter 2:9-10]

Monday, February 09, “Heat Up” 2015

Welcome to Culture and History !

.“Biological traits could not be the basis for group foundation unless they were conceived as shared characteristics. It was this shared perception and common customs that create and distinguish one ethnicity from another.” [Max Weber 1906]        

Caste, is the Root Cause of Division!! But the Majority of the Electorate Collective Opinion on, and Non Racial Voting Practice (NRVP), against Racial Voting (RV), will create and distinguish the Group from all other; and will win the Elections on May 11; and beyond.                                          —Pastor:Elder Wilfred A. Wilson                                            

Back Ground History

In traditional Indian Society, the use of the term “Untouchables”, with alternates titles: Dalit, External Cast, Harijan, and Panchama, refers to any member of a wide variety of low caste Hindu groups, including any person outside the Caste System. However, due to the constitution adopted by both India in 1949, and Pakistan in 1953, respectively, the use of the term “Untouchables” and the collective restrictions associated with it, were declared illegal. Thus, in lieu of, the term “Untouchables, “an euphemism, is used, namely, Dalit, and this also carries negative undertones; but in India the “Scheduled Class” in most commonly used. The term “Untouchables” is also a major category under which varieties of hereditary Castes fall, and adhere to the social rule of Endogamy—ensuring marriage within the Caste Community.

The Scheduled Castes, with a population of one hundred and seventy million (170, 000,000), was so classified on basis of the work they did, their way of life and their ritualistic activities— which the higher castes considered polluted, for example, such work like handling the dead, and things dead, urine, feces; eating pork, chicken, doing watchmen job, etc.: while the indigenous Indians, (the Orthodox Castes) with a population of 84,000,000 are now referred to as Scheduled Tribes, were so classified because of what they ate only.

Princess Diana, reaching out to the Untouchables in India

Princess Diana, reaching out to the Untouchables in India

The lower castes were restricted to hamlets outside the town or

village boundary; also from entering temples, schools; and from wells which the higher castes drew their water. They (Low Class) were to some high castes, a serious pollution if touched, while to others, the untouchables’ mere sight was to them, a similar pollution. As a result many moved about at nights: and many sought their freedom “through conversion to Christianity, Islam, or Buddhism.” Today, the Indians’ constitution has established both the schedule castes, and the schedule tribes, i.e., the indigenous Indians, who fall outside the Indian social hierarchy: by providing them with special educational and vocational privileges, and proper representation in parliament; under the untouchable Offence Act 1955. In spite of this, due to existing traditional divisions between the pure and the polluted caste groups, the latter’s emancipation is a slowed down.

 About the group who came

This group who came to Guiana’s shores as indentured laborers, and in spite of their caste system, they were forced to live closely together in the very places the freed slaves once occupied, lived under the same harsh conditions as slaves, and were even flogged with the cat-o-nine- tails without mercy by the planters. In truth and in fact, they endured some tough aspects of slavery at the hands of the planters from 1838 to1845: before the indentured laborers’ program was temporarily stopped. Interestingly, a commission of inquiry was even sent from England to Guiana about that time to investigate into the harsh treatment of Indentured laborers by the Planters. That done, and conditions began to change progressively during the arrival of the Portuguese in 1845, India lifted the restriction and the Indian Indentured laborers’ program started again.

Musing the nature and causes of the divide                                                                 

The British Ship that brought the Indian indentured laborers to British Guiana in 1838

The British Ship that brought the Indian indentured laborers to British Guiana in 1838

Today, existing in our multi racial society Guyana could be a traditional caste culture, of a group that is an integral part of our Guyanese society. A group who, perhaps, undoubtedly might have been influenced by their history, and the very caste system they once ran away from. And, also, may have in time considered itself an elite class above all others, and therefore to vote race is best in their group’s interest in order to stay up there; hence the current divide between the two major races— it would appear.  For example: when it comes to an event, say, national election, racial voting is encouraged (but not all Guyanese Indians vote race and likewise not all Guyanese Africans). And because of the racial attitude of some, social and economical progress is slowed down especially.

Solution
 How longer will this stale born “pickney” (racial voting) be allowed to keep the people divided; especially during national elections? How long will it stand in the way of progress, discourage foreign investors, and slow down our economy? It is therefore important that all the multi-racial groups for positive change come together, and move this obstinate, spoiled child  (racial voting) out of the way, for the common good.

If the Electorate become fully aware of the importance of Non Racial Voting (NRV) for issues that will benefit us, and for democracy, at the upcoming elections on May 11, and how it (the electorate) can transform Guyana initially just within 24 hours; then it must first establish a foundation with a shared distinctiveness or uniqueness.

For example, like the opinion that Non Racial Voting for matters that would be beneficial to everyone, is better than Racial Voting that has proven to be neither any real benefit to the people, nor to the country. If everyone share this OPINION and pass it down as a norm to all new members of the group, who will in turn pass it down …, then the Collective View on that OPINION,  plus the common custom of voting based on that OPINION, would create and distinguish this particular group of the Electorate—  way of voting from all others.

According to Max Weber (1906-11), “It was this shared perception and common customs that create and distinguish one ethnicity from another.”

.Comments & Conclusion

Non racial voting based on issues is a solution that could defeat racial voting, provided that, this culture is taught and established and shared widely in our ten regions within a limited time of three months. It is possible that, it (the program) will affect positive change/s, apart from other strategies in progress. Knowledge is power you see. The increase of voters against racial voting at the upcoming elections on May 11; when compared to the results of the previous election in 2011, will have determined the percentage of the electorate in the ten regions that would have learnt and practice the non racial voting culture. And since the APNU is all about Non Racial Voting (NRV), Democracy, and solving issues affecting Guyana and the Guyanese people; who would not want to support the APNU? It is most likely that people, who really want real change, and have become the change, would support the APNU, which is of itself the change; and would bring the desired change to Guyana, and Guyanese.

Below is a message in song from our Guyanese children, and a section that represents Guyana’ future, and Leaders,too.. Remember all of Guyana’s children in your planning and decision making, Leaders, all.

Please click the white arrow, and listen to a beautiful song entitled, “If we hold on together our dreams will never die”: by The Success Elementary School (Guyana) choir. Enjooooooy! Amen!

 —By Wilfred A. Wilson

 

 

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Religion and Culture

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 Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

Sunday, February 08, “Heat Up” 2015                                                           Welcome to Religion and Culture!

To all lovers of God from the heart, grace be to you and peace from God the Father; and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Topic: The Origin and Source of the Law inspires us along our journey by grace through Faith in Christ

Are the invisible things—I paused to focus —are the invisible things of the Creator from creation, namely, the universe, made visible to man not convincingly enough for him, or her to acknowledge His power and Divinity, repent anbd serve Him.? Even though man cannot see Almighty God with their naked eyes because they are flesh, they are without excuse, since they can develop an understanding of Yahweh’s power and Deity, by the things the universe reveals to them daily. If people look up to the heavens above with eyes of expectation, there should be no gainsaying that what they see is not done by a supreme being far beyond man’s imagination and comprehension and power. And for those, who would see the glory and the handiwork of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe would also acknowledge it, and declare as the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.” [Psalms19:1-2] Apart from the revelation through observing of the universe, Yahweh, Almighty God, may be known by the revealed Word.

Two Important truths

Thus through the revealed Word in John 1:16-18, we learn that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, reveals two important truths within this context: (1) the righteousness of Almighty God, i.e.; what He commands and approves to be righteous: and (2) the wrath of Almighty God from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous men who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” There is also a pending judgment, and just rewards for all those who journey on either way, the straight and narrow way, or, the broad way, namely, (a) eternal life for the righteous: and (b) spiritual death, a life that is cut off from the life of God. Psalms 1: 6 says, “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Again, John 3:16 declares, “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If perhaps you are still in doubts about some aspects concerning Almighty God, about your salvation, and about whom to worship, allow Him to speak to you through The Word below:-

INJEW Nation in Christ (Guyana) confesion of faith in the monotheism that characterizes INJEWISM

INJEW Nation in Christ (Guyana) confesion of faith in the monotheism that characterizes INJEWISM

God is Speaking to You

To whom then will ye lighten me, or shall I be equal? saith the                                         Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created                          these things, who bringeth out their host by number, He calleth the all by names by the greatness of His might, for He is strong in power. Not one faileth….” [Isaiah 40:25-26] In addition to man’s outward observations; man has a sure Word through the Word of God concerning the Work of Almighty God; by Jesus the Word— in His pre-human existence. In John 1:1-3, we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God” (the Father), “and the Word was God” (Deity a Divine being). “The same was in the beginning with God,” (the Father). Philippians 2: 5-6 say, “Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God….” NB: “Being in the form of God speaks of the Deity” of the Word since in the beginning. It was the very Word, who was with God the Father, referred to when He commanded Him and said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness….” [Genesis 1:26] And John 1: 3 confirms the fact that, God the Father; by the Word created all things for it says,” All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” Again, in Colossians 1: 15 we read that Christ is, “the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creation. For by Him were all things created that are in the heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers—all things were created by Him and for Him; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consists, and He is the head of the Body, the Church….” [Colossians 1:15-18]

We are under Grace; and our Worship is Spontanuous (in spirit and in truth)

As an integral part of the Body of Christ, our InJew Nation in Christ, is under Grace, and instead of indulging in outer observances, our worship to Yahweh our heavenly Father; through Christ Jesus; is inward, from the heart, or in Spirit. And this is why we are the InJew Nation in Christ. According to the biblical definition of a real Jew by spiritual birth, Romans 2:29 declares, “But He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of man, but of God.”

If your praise is not of man, but of God the Father, say Amen. And if you have a change of heart and attitude towards Almighty God; in that, you have established a right relationship with Him through Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit within, you may say Praise the Lord. And if you love Almighty God with all your heart…, you are under the blood stained banner of Christ, and worship God the Father   through Christ Jesus in spirit and in truth, you may say Hallelujah. Then whoever you are, whatever is your nationality, where ever in the world you were born, you are an inward Jew. [Romans 2:29] Let us give God glory and praise. Amen

If you do not know the way to God the Father; Jesus is the Way. Repent of your sins and invite Christ into your heart and life today, and live for Him.

May Almighty God the Father, richly bless you, Reader, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Please share this message with others, thank you.

Serving in the spirit,

Pastor: Elder Wilfred A. Wilson

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 Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

Symbol of InJewism -The Religion of the InJew Nation of Christ; with roots in Guyana, South America.

 WELCOME  TO  CULTURE  AND  HISTORY!

TOPIC: An understanding of the Indentured East Indians Journey on the plantations in British Guiana.

A brief Summary of Indentured East Indian Labourers to British Guiana: The abolition of slavery in 1838, and the absence of forced labour, resulted into a steep decline of 60% in the agriculture production in British Guiana, and numerous plantations were forced to shut down. Subsequently, a new form of slavery was commenced when the owners of the Plantations sought immigrants from Europe and the British West indies, for example England, Germany, Ireland, and W.I: and the Indentured System initiated. But these immigrants did not last long on the plantations due to tropical heat and laborious work conditions. So the British in Guiana, a super power then, had a British presence in Uttar Pradesh, a North Indian province since 1765, and through their Calcutta recruiting agency there, they employed thousands of poor, unemployed, and exploited Indians, (by the ruling class), between the ages of 10-30 years; including smaller batches who hailed from Bihr, Karachi, Lahore, Punjab, and Afghanistan, just to mention a few. And all these  according to the Indian Caste System, with their minds bent on escaping the poor, social, economic conditions, and political oppression, having been given a passage to Guiana and a place to stay, by their own choice, went on board the British ship, namely, the Whitby, and another ship, namely, the Hesperus, at the Calcutta’s Port, where they set sail on January 13, and 29, 1838, respectively, and were bound for British Guiana. On May 05, 1838, the former ship, with the first group of Indians numbered 249, arrived in Berbice with 244, five of which were women, and 5 died at sea: while the latter, the Hesperus, which set sail from Port Calcutta, on January 29, 1838, arrived in Berbice, British Guiana, with 165 more East Indians, six of that amount were women, and 13 died at sea.  East Indians, or the Jahan people (People of the Ship) worked very hard under given conditions, endure the heat, but it was “extremely hot” for those (the largest group), who came from and Punjab, so much so that their skin became red. Below shows the Origin and Dreakdown of Indian Immigrants to British Guiana (1838) East Indian Indentureship .

Origin and Dreakdown of Indian Immigrants to British Guiana (1838)

“Between 1838 and 1917 over 500 ship voyages with 238,909 Indentured Indian immigrants came to Guyana; while 75,898 of them or their children returned to India. The vast majority of the Indian Immigrants that came were from the Hindustani (or Hindi) speaking areas of North India. The most popular Hindustani dialect spoken among these immigrants was Bhojpuri (spoken in east Uttar Pradesh and west Bihar), followed by Awadhi (spoken in central Uttar Pradesh). 62% of the Indian Immigrants to Guyana came from districts that are now part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 21% from districts that are now part of Bihar state, 6% were from prepartioned Bengal, 3% from what are today Orissa and Jharkhand states, 3% from what is today Tamil Nadu state, 3% from Central India, 1% from prepartioned Punjab and the remaining 1% from the rest of India. (96.8% of all the Indian Immigrants to Guyana left from the port of Calcutta in North India, and 3.2% from the port of Madras in South India)

The religious breakdown of the Indian immigrants to Guyana were 85% Hindus and 15% Muslims.

“While no solidified caste groups survived the early colonial period, Indenture documents of the Indian immigrants to Guyana found that 11% were Hindus who were classified as Brahmin, Bhumihar, Chatri, Rajput and Thakur castes. 1% were Hindus of the merchant or writer castes, 30% were Hindus of the medium agricultural castes, 9% were Hindus of the artisan castes, 2% were Hindus of the petty trading castes, 2% were Hindus of fishermen and boatmen castes, 25% were Hindus who were from menial or dalit castes, 3% were Hindus who were Madrasis, 2% were Hill Coolies or Tribals, and the remaining 15% were Muslims regardless of their caste origins.

The only acknowledgment the colonial government and the plantation managers gave to caste differences was their distrust of the Brahims as potential leaders.East Indians workers were housed together and placed in work gangs without consideration of caste.”

How the East Indians and Indentured Servants, were treated on the Plantations

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The Indians suffered tremendously because of the harsh living conditions on the plantations.

“Although slavery was abolished, plantation owners still had the mentality of slavery and mistreated the Indians. In 1838, when the Indians first arrive, and were forced to live under the harsh conditions, a number of Indians had escape across the rivers and into the woods. As they escaped, they were caught and flogged and some were found dead. There were no doctors to help them so they found their own medicine. They rubbed salted pickle on their backs to fight infectious diseases and to heal the wounds from the whips.”

“…Working conditions under this “new form of slavery” turned out to be not much better than under slavery. Soon after their arrival in British Guiana stories of severe ill treatment of the servants, at the hands of the planters” overseers, including flogging with the cat-o-nine tail were reported to Governor Henry Light. According to one eyewitness, Elizabeth Caesar, a former house-slave gave evidence that “The Coolies were locked up in the sick house, and next morning they were flogged with a cat-o’-nine-tails; the manager was in the house, and they flogged the people under his house; they were tied to the post of the gallery of the manager’s house; I cannot tell how many licks; he gave them enough. I saw blood. When they were flogged at manager’s house, they rubbed salt pickle on their backs.

On the 31st January 1839 Special Justice Coleman was sent by the British Crown to inspect conditions on the five plantations. He found evidence of extremely harsh treatment with many of the immigrants suffering from wounds inflicted by the overseers and drivers (some of whom were former slaves). Justice Coleman also mentioned the incident of the first two servants (Jumun and Pultun, both of them Muslims) indentured to Gladstone Plantation at Vreed-en-Hoop who were the first to rebel against the slave-like conditions under which they were forced to labor. A second convoy – Sir M. Mc Turk – was appointed by the British Court of Policy to report on the situation as well. When he visited the hospital on the Gladstone plantation he observed that – “the coolies in it were not suffering merely from sores; they had mortified ulcers, their flesh rotting on their bones, their toes dropping off and some of them were in a dangerous state from fever, and all were in the utmost despondency.”

When news of their slave-like treatment reached Hindustan, the British Government suspended East Indian immigration in 1841.” However it was resumed again in 1645 when conditions got better on the plantations in the Americas. 

170th anniversary of Indian arrival in Guyana by “BK”

When news of their slave-like treatment reached Hindustan, the British Government suspended East Indian immigration in 1841.” However it was resumed again in 1645 when conditions got better on the plantations in the Americas.

Comment and Conclusion

In as much as Indentureship System was a harsh one for the East Indians labourers on the Plantations, it cannot be compared to that of Slavery.  Unlike the Indentured East Indian laborers whose worst treatment would have lasted less than seven years, my ancestors endured the worst kind Slavery each day for about 400 years. Further, African slaves were stripped of everything, for example,  their names, langusge, culture: their wives and children were taken from them, and the African pride was hurt badly, just to mention a few. An interesting observation is that the Planters paid no interest in the Indian caste structure, and that went to the wind after a period of time. But the British kept their eyes on the Brahmins because of their leadership abilities. As a result, the the caste groups which included  the 25-30% untouchables” worked together, and vise versa, and all were flogged and treated badly alike. But one good thing that came out of that putting together of all the caste groups was, that they found out a way to tolerate the “untouchables,” and to communicate in a dialect that was common to all,e.g.Urdu: ‘for all did not speak the same languages.

Another remarkable act was that of the former house slave, Elizabeth Caesar, an eye witness to the severe flogging of Indians, who boldly told Governor Henry Light, about the harsh treatment the East Indians received at the hands of the planters. So there was always that goodwill  and solidarity between Africans and East Indians, ever since India was a part of Africa, and more so under African rule. Interestingly,  I grew up seeing this spirit of cooperation and  care among the two major races im my country, Guyana, until politics divided and polarized some. In spite of what may have happened in the past, the two leaders have died, may their souls rest in peace. Life must go on. Now, let us put death to racism within us, and move on with our lives, and let us come together as a people and work hard for the betterment and common good of our children, nation, and country, in Jesus’ name. Let us pray that Almighty God makes all Guyanese, individuals and groups,  a Channel of His peace.  This message in song is beautifully rendered by Success Elementary School  Choir (Guyana). Enjoy. Shalom.

   -by Pastor: Elder Wilfred A. Wilson

 Low caste boy killed by high caste man

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