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The Honey Tragedy – Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth – By Peter Halder

The Honey Tragedy

(Adapted from an ancient Guyana Amerindian myth)

By Peter Halder

Mead, a drink made from honey, was a favourite of the Gods of ancient mythology. The overpowering yearning and taste for honey by an Amerindian maiden at Tiger Hill, Upper Demerara River, led to tragedy in her life.

Lutu Alstrum was the only daughter and child of a Macushi Amerindian couple who lived at Grassfield, some 40 miles south of Linden. When she was born, for whatever reason, she refused to suckle on her mother’s breasts. A family member suggested to her mother to put honey on her breast nipple. Lutu loved the taste and so was able to feed on her mother’s breast milk. There was no honey available at Grassfield, it was brought from time to time by family and friends from a Sacred Grove of medicinal trees located at Tiger Hill. A huge honeycomb on a golden coloured leafy tree in the centre of the Grove, dripped honey. No one saw any bees around.    Continue reading

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THE AMAZING TREE – by Peter Halder

THE AMAZING TREE

(Adapted from an ancient Amerindian myth)

by Peter Halder

Hunger stalked the South American rainforest lands of the Carib Amerindian tribes. Cassava, yams, corn and other vegetables and fruits were nowhere to be found.

tapir-bush-cow

Tapir: bush-cow

The cacique (Chief) of a tribe noticed that while many starved and grew thin, a bush cow (tapir) was fat and sleek. Curious, the cacique kept a keen eye on the animal. He noticed that bush cow went out alone every morning and returned home, smiling and contented.

The Chief approached it and asked, “How come you look so strong, healthy and well fed while the rest of us are starving?”

“Who knows? Maybe it’s an act of nature,” replied the smiling bush cow.      Continue reading

JAX AND THE WIZARD OF ZANDAR: E-Book # 11- by Peter Halder

JAX AND THE WIZARD OF ZANDAR

E-Book # 11 by Peter Halder

ZandarA brave young man, Jax, aided by a Fairy, embarks on a thrilling, captivating, perilous and frantic mission to save the Royal Family and the Kingdom of Zandar from a greedy, evil Wizard, and at the same time, prevent a horrible marriage between the Wizard and Princess Andara.

To successfully accomplish his mission, Jax must sail the seven seas to the Isles of Valiant, Mist, Ob and Light, and face many dangers to obtain a Magic Sword, Armor, Shield and Helmet, a Magic Lasso and a Jewel of Enlightment. Having acquired them, he has to return to Zandar, climb to the summit of Mount Zand to confront the Wizard Malbeki, his servant, the five-headed giant Pentrax. The tale is an enthralling one with many dimensions. Continue reading

E-Book Release: THE RIDDLE, E-Book # 10 – by Peter Halder

THE RIDDLE

The RiddleTHE RIDDLE, E-Book # 10, by Peter Halder, contains four wonderful, intriguing, exciting, captivating and thrilling fairy tales.

*In the feature tale, THE RIDDLE, a brave young man sets out to find an evil Enchanter who kidnaped the Royal baby. To destroy him and save the Royal child, the young man must solve a riddle.

*THE BLIND PRINCESS is beautiful Princess Alara who is made blind by a vengeful witch. Her husband, Prince Haden, is helped by a Fairy to find the witch and compel her to restore the Princess’s sight.

*A Fairy aids a brave Palace Guard to rescue a Princess from the evil plan of the King’s sister who had turned the Princess into THE WATER LILY. Continue reading

THE PIAI’S DAUGHTER- from an Ancient Amerindian Myth

THE PIAI’S DAUGHTER

(Adapted from an Ancient Amerindian Myth)

by Peter Halder

 

Aleda

    Aleda was an Amerindian maiden. She was the daughter of Aban, a Piai or Medicine Man. The two lived in a troolie palm thatched home in the dense tropical rainforest.

The beautiful girl kept house and did all the cooking and cleaning. Her father was proud of her. He once told her, “My wonderful daughter Aleda, one day you will make a handsome young man a wonderful wife, He will be proud of you and I pray you two will be very happy.”

One day, Aleda was walking to a nearby creek to fetch water when she heard dogs barking. Holding a large earthen water goblet very tightly, she quickly ran behind a wide oak tree and hid from the trail.   Continue reading

The Waif of Ruimveldt – A Folk Tale – By Peter Halder

THE WAIF OF RUIMVELDT … A FOLK TALE

By  Peter Halder                      

The Waif

            He appeared from nowhere and disappeared to nowhere.
He appeared to be a child, no taller than four feet and thin.

He appeared suddenly one morning on the wide path along the cane fields on the southern side of the trench separating the Laing Avenue apartments, from the sugar cane fields at Ruimveldt.         The Waif of Ruimveldt, as he came to be known, was dark skinned, had black curly hair and a round face with a perky nose and thin lips. He wore a green short-sleeve shirt and short green pants. They matched the color of the cane fields. He was bare feet.

            The Waif placed on the grassy ground several Monkey Apples which grew on a tree in the woods beyond the cane fields. He picked them up one by one, mashed each in his right hand and dropped the orange colored pulp and seeds on the ground forming a wide circle. Continue reading

THE DEAD DON’T DIE by Peter Halder – E-Book #5 released

THE DEAD DON’T DIE  by Peter Halder – E-Book #5 released

Macabre Supernatural Tales of Guyana

Blood-curdling, mind boggling and hair-raising  supernatural tales embroidered with murder and mayhem. The cemetery, spirits and dark forces add unreal backgrounds to the tales.

The Dead Don’t Die portrays a butcher practicing his trade on his wife and a murder for hire black magic business. Satan spawns The Serpent of Le Repentir cemetery to launch an evil plan of conquest. The Bush Dai-Dai is a lascivious female bush spirit who oft changes into human form to beguile men to their death. The Churile is the spirit of a pregnant female who dies in childbirth along with her baby and seeks out living pregnant women. And the fifth tale is about The Tacouyaha, a water demon who lives at the bottom of a creek and preys upon innocent persons who travel on the waterway.

The e-book  can be purchased at Amazon.com or Smashwords.com via the links below.

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LLIBXSI

THE DANCE OF DEATH – Peter Halder’s 4th e-book released

THE DANCE OF DEATH

 Peter Halder’s fourth E-Book, The Dance of Death is now on sale at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. The links to purchase it are below.

The book is a crypt of seven chilling, spell binding and spine tingling supernatural tales that portray the folklore of Guyana.

The Dance of Death highlights a CUMFA ritual and its fatal objective. Obadella The Obeah Woman uses witchcraft to exact revenge for a young lady who was abused. The Moongazer of Kingston uses her power to save the life of a man who harmed a spirit. The Obeah Man, the male counterpart of an obeah woman, uses black magic to cement the love between a married couple. Four schoolmates face terror in a haunted house when they are confronted by a blood sucking, The Old Higue of Belfield. The Devil Woman entices a girl to the woods for an evil purpose but the courageous girl turns the table on her. A baby is seized by a supernatural water devil which turns it into The Gold Ringed Alligator that relishes little girls.

 The Dance of Death on Amazon.com  … Click ‘Look Inside’ on the Amazon site to see some of the book’s content:

The Guyana/Venezuela Boundary

The Guyana/Venezuela Boundary

by Peter Halder

      In 1830 Venezuela became independent from Spain. A year later, in 1831, Great Britain united the three colonies of Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara into a single colony – British Guiana. The Dutch founded the colonies of Essequibo and Berbice in the early 17th century and added Demerara later. The colonies changed hands among the Dutch, French and English during European wars. In 1814 they were ceded to Britain.

The independence of Venezuela and the creation of British Guiana led to the need for both countries to define the border between them.

Britain took the initiative to determine and define its western boundary with Venezuela. In 1840, Britain engaged the services of the famous international explorer Robert Schomburgk to traverse the entire county of Essequibo, beginning from the left bank of the Essequibo River, to determine where the boundary should be drawn.   Continue reading

BRITISH GUIANA – Governors In The 1900s

BRITISH GUIANA – Governors In The 1900s

 by Peter Halder

      There were 17 Governors of British Guiana from 1900 to 26 May 1966 when the colony became the independent State of Guyana.

     According to reports, the most popular Governor was Sir Gordon James Lethem, 1941-1947.

     Sir Walter Egerton, 1912 – 1917 and Sir Wilfred Collett were the Governors of Britain’s only colony in South America during World War 1 (1914-1918). Sir Wilfred Edward Jackson, 1937-1941, and Sir James Gordon Lethem, 1941-1947, were the Governors during World War II, 1939-1945.

     Sir Alfred William Savage was Governor, 1953-1955, when the British Government in October 1953, suspended the Constitution of the colony, declared a State of Emergency, deployed British troops and removed the elected Government of the People’s Progressive Party which won a landslide 18 of 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the General Elections in April, 1953. Governor Savage, who according to reports played a significant role in what transpired, assumed direct rule.       Continue reading