IN PICTURES: Tewey Vaval symbolically ends Carnival season

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The Carnival season ended symbolically with Tewey Vaval in Bataca, Kalinago Territory on Wednesday.

First a fake coffin was paraded through the streets to dancing and the beating of drums.

When night fell kerosene torches (bouzai) were lit while the parade continued.

Finally the coffin was burnt to ashes marking the end of the Carnival.

See photos below.

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22 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014

    Pagan practices are alive and well among us. How do we reconcile this celebration with belief in God and the bible?

  2. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014

    As if anyone ever doubted Carnival is really senseless..

  3. Concerned Auguiste!!
    March 6, 2014

    Based on the Pictures, I’m predicting that within the next 50-60 years the Kallinago People (the pure Kallinago) will be non existent. What will be left will simply be the descendants of the Kalinago or as we say in DA, “Batta Carib.” Will that be good or bad for the Kallinago heritage? Remember this is only a prediction, not a fact based on pure, hard evidence.

    • Ben Dover
      March 6, 2014

      But his wasn’t an exclusively Kalinago event. There were people from as far as Grand Bay and Portsmouth, from all over Dominica.

      While you might be right the Kalinago might be extinct, we cannot say that based on these photos alone.

    • Be good at all times
      March 10, 2014

      They need to go to another Carib lands to find new mate cause all Caribs are family now

  4. March 6, 2014

    That person in the light blue shit and cream pants with the blue hat look like fox from San Sauveur. Someone please tell me i am wrong.
    Sa ses fete garcon. Keep up the culture.

  5. March 6, 2014

    that was a good ending to 2014 carnival cool

  6. .
    March 6, 2014

    But where are the real caribs all am seeing is a pache batta caribe mix with neg,people try to get hold of your origin before its too late.

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2014

      over the years the caribs migrate to different parts of the country and other ppl join the carib territory. we are all 1 family. no matter if is pache batta caribe u seein lol

  7. Lady Grace
    March 6, 2014

    Demonic act!

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2014

      Everything demonic for allu in Dominica. Stupes

  8. cockball
    March 6, 2014

    Does anyone spot occult practices in these pictures? I am afraid this is not culture as I expect many to argue in their responses.

  9. Vaval 2014
    March 6, 2014

    Priceless indeed….beautiful…looks like real fun in burning vaval 2014..NOU Konnet VIV

  10. March 6, 2014

    Priceless indeed….beautiful…looks like real fun in burning vaval 2014..NOU Konnet VIV

  11. FORKIT
    March 6, 2014

    Pagan rituals, at its best…

  12. CaraW
    March 6, 2014

    Hope there was nobody in that coffin!

  13. Graham Chambers
    March 6, 2014

    Hats off for spuerlative reporting. 4 lines and pics…
    Suscinct and to the point!
    Bravo…

    • Graham Chambers
      March 6, 2014

      Of course I mean: succinct….

  14. Anonymous
    March 5, 2014

    Tewey Vaval vs Tommy Lee. What can I say about we as a people

  15. March 5, 2014

    Would very much like to know where this tradition originated from and what is the significance of it

  16. gratel
    March 5, 2014

    this ceremony is only worshipping the devil why are we so ignorant in dominical we say there is nothing wrong in carnival yet we have to bury because this is a ceremony is more than just a show it has hidden meaning if is not of god is of the …..

  17. Catarina
    March 5, 2014

    Thanks for the cool pictures!

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