Category Archives: Religion

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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A Halloween Tale – by Peter Halder

A Halloween Tale  –  by Peter Halder

    An evil witch, a sukunya, loved blood. A daily supply of it kept her alive. She lived in a cave far away from the city. In that way no one knew of her. She moved around at nights on a broomstick.

No one knew how old the sukunya really was. She had been around for a long time. Her head was a portrait of evil. Long tresses of gray hair reached to her knees. Two long ears, pointed at the top, looked like antennas. Indeed they were. She could hear movement for miles. She had thick gray bushy eyebrows and large, bulging red eyes that glowed in the night. Her nose was long and bony but wide spread at the end. That allowed her to smell blood from afar. Her lips were thin and reedy and all her front teeth were narrow and pointed at the ends. Her tongue was as long as that of a lizard and it simply loved the taste of blood. The sides of her mouth were blood stained. Her face was deeply wrinkled showing her age. Her arms and legs were long and bony and instead of fingernails, she had claws to rip the flesh off her victims. She drank animal blood but preferred the taste of human blood, especially that from children which made her feel young.    Continue reading

Book: THE RESURRECTION – by Peter Halder

Book: THE RESURRECTION –  by Peter Halder

The Resurrection - Peter Halder

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THE RESURRECTION by Peter Halder will be launched in Georgetown, Guyana, on May 27, 2016, at Moray House Trust at Camp and Quamina Streets, flyer attached. The 365-page nerve tingling, breathtaking and pulsating supernatural fiction thriller, set in Guyana, is a tapestry of macabre and black magic episodes that portray vividly the supernatural folklore of the country. It is also about love, greed, betrayal and murder.

The Novel is on sale at Austin’s Bookstore on Church Street, Georgetown.

  • It will be launched in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the:
  • Guyana Arts and Cultural Association (GACA) Center
  • Stephen’s Church Extension,
  • Second Floor
  • 2806 Newkirk Avenue (between E28th and 29th Streets) NY.
  • Copies are on sale at ENG Caribbean Vision Center
  • 1012 Flatbush Avenue,11226 NY
  • To purchase call 718-469-8131
  • Or e-mail: ehenry7255@aol.com

Other books by the author include The Cat of Muritaro and 13 e-books on sale at amazon.com

THE BANSHEE DEMON – by Peter Halder

THE BANSHEE DEMON

by Peter Halder

    Simone and Tiara were cousins and next door neighbors. It was October 31 and the two young girls were at a loss at to what to do that Halloween evening. Their parents could not afford costumes so they were not keen on going trick or treating.

    “Well, life is full of let downs but we can still find something to do. So you have any ideas?” asked Simone.

    “Aha. I’m glad you asked. I did have an idea. What if we walk around the neighborhood and admire some of the costumes worn by kids for the night. Who knows, maybe something weird may happen which will make our Halloween stroll a night to remember.”

    “Good idea Tiara. I sure our parents will have no objections if we walked around together holding hands. Maybe we can even take that small wooden Holy Cross you have on your bedroom wall with us just in case we run into a demon.” 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:

POEMS- by Peter Halder

POEMS- by Peter Halder

THE PRINCE OF PEACE – by Peter Halder

A lusty cry of birth was heard
Throughout the world that night
In Bethlehem was born Our Lord
In a manger filled with light

Heavenly stars lit up the night
Lowly shepherds awed at the sight
The Heav’nly Host sang Hallelujah
At the birth of Christ, Our Saviour

Divine blessings filled the air
To one and all came Holy cheer
Goodwill to men, peace and love
His birth brought us from above   Continue reading

The Jordanites – By Peter Halder

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

The Jordanites

by Peter Halder

 Colonial Era

Religion played a fundamental role in the British administration of its colony of British Guiana.

It was most probably the policy of the British that in a multiracial country with many races- African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, the indigenous Amerindian, European and their inter-mixtures- and with different cultures and religious practices, the foundation, growth and spread of the Christian religion, could and would convert, indoctrinate, assimilate and unite the many races into a united nation. The colonialists went further. They recognized that the older generation was probably beyond conversion, indoctrination and assimilation, so their policy was to focus on the children, the new generation.

Churches dotted the landscape of Georgetown and environs, as well as the countryside.    Continue reading

THE PILOT

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

THE PILOT

by Peter Halder

       I was deeply engaged in studying a file on a timber matter which I was to prosecute in court the next few days when I was interrupted  by a knock on the door of my room at the District Administration Office, Christianburg, Upper Demerara River.

Looking up angrily, I saw the Forest Ranger Berthold Baird open the door and push his head in.

Father Kilkenny is here to see you on an urgent matter,” Baird said.

“Okay, offer him a seat and tell him I will see him in a few minutes,” I replied.

I couldn’t concentrate on the file contents any longer so I closed the file and gave some thought to Fr.Kilkenny.     Continue reading

THE CHANTEY

Guyana Tales by Peter Halder

THE   CHANTEY

    by  Peter Halder

     Fr Alfred MacTaggart was the Priest -in-charge of St.Aidan’s Anglican Church at Wismar, Upper Demerara River.

The Church’s congregation was made up of persons from Wismar, Christianburg, Silvertown, Silver City, Wismar Hill and Mackenzie.

Fr. MacTaggart hailed from Scotland and his Scottish brogue oft intrigued his congregation when he delivered his sermon on Sundays.

His elocution, for whatever reason, was often punctuated by thin streams of spit.

The Father was also well- known for his strong  tenor voice. It gave vibrancy and appeal to the Hymns sung in Church on Sundays.    Continue reading