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Divali festival souvenir magazine 2010

REVUE TRINIDADIENNE DIWALI 2010

par Jean S. Sahaï

{ {{Le Conseil Culturel Indo-Caribéen de Trinidad & Tobago dirigé par le Dr Kumar Mahabir vient de publier sa traditionnelle revue souvenir annuelle de Diwali. La fête des Lumières a été célébrée en 2010, le 5 novembre.

Le magazine a pour thème d'étude cette année, les mouvements spirituels et religieux. A noter que le mot anglais "sect" n'a pas le sens péjoratif de son homonyme français qui correspond au terme "cult".

Comme on le verra, les branches de l'hindouisme trinidadien sont nombreuses. A noter aussi que l'hindouisme transmis là-bas par les ancêtres inclut aussi des rituels proches de notre "Hindouisme Créole", comme ont pu le constater des pouçari antillais lors de voyages à Trinidad & Tobago.}} }

{{TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2010
Divali festival souvenir magazine 2010}}

Theme – Hindu sects in Trinidad and Tobago
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest Divali souvenir magazine. Divali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, was observed as a national holiday on Friday November 5, 2010.

The theme of this year’s edition of the magazine is “Hindu sects in Trinidad.” According to the 1990 official census data, Hindus in Trinidad form the second largest religious group in the country, after Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics comprise 29% of the population, Hindus 24%, Anglicans 11%, Muslims 6% and Presbyterians 3%. In a population of over one million, approximately 238,000 persons are Hindus.

Hinduism remains one of the oldest living religions in Trinidad and the wider world. Christians are divided into sects such as Catholicism, Anglicanism, Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism. Hindus are also separated into various sects.

Traditionally, they have been branched into four main denominations: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smartism.

In Trinidad, Hindus can be further categorised conveniently into sects such as Sanatanist, Arya Samaj, Kabir Panth, Sikh, Shivnarine/Sieunarine, Lord Murugan, Mother Kali, Hare Krishna, Sai Baba, Ganapathi Sachchidananda, Radha Madav, Chinmaya Mission and the Divine Life Society. It is not a simple task to categorise Hindus since they are often open and versatile in their beliefs, practices and affiliations.

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About Divali in Trinidad and Tobago

Editorial: Hindu sects in Trinidad and Tobago

Greetings from the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,
The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Greetings from Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism,
The Honourable Winston Peters

Greetings from the High Commissioner of India,
Mr. Malay Mishra

Sanatanist sect:
How Hinduism differs from Christianity

Sanatanist sect:
The Hindu sacred texts

Sanatanist sect:
Hindu philosophies, beliefs and practices

Sanatanist sect:
The caste system and conversion

Arya Samaj sect:
Its founder and the Trinidad missionaries

Arya Samaj sect:
Local organisations, celebrations and ceremonies

Arya Samaj sect:
Its primary schools and contribution to local Hinduism

Kabir Panth sect:
Its founder and his poems and songs

Kabir Panth sect:
Its local organizations, schools and temples

Kabir Panth sect:
Its main prayer ceremony and its rituals

Sai Baba sect:
Its founder and his followers

Sai Baba sect:
Its philosophy, ceremonies and rituals

Sai Baba sect:
Its centres and their charitable activities

Swami Ganapathi sect:
Its founder and his philosophy

Swami Ganapathi sect:
Its sacred river, temple, school and medical clinic

Swami Ganapathi sect:
Its publications, seminars, orchestra and music therapy

Mother Kali sect:
Its priests and their healing practices

Mother Kali sect:
Its priests who spiritually elevate in trance

Chinmaya Mission sect:
Its founder and his local missionary Swami

Chinmaya Mission sect:
Its temple complex and schools

Chinmaya Mission sect:
Its classes in Vedanta, Sanskrit, yoga, music, etc.

Sikh sect:
Its founder, scriptures and local temples

Sikh sect:
Its practices in the temple

Sikh sect:
Items of clothing for the baptised

Hare Krishna sect:
Its founder and the movement worldwide

Hare Krishna sect:
Its scriptures, main mantra and songs

Hare Krishna sect:
Its local temples, festivals and conversion activities

Radha Madhav sect:
Its founder, his missionaries and their visit to Trinidad

Radha Madhav sect:
Its charitable and humanitarian work

Radha Madhav sect:
Its celebrations, congregations and local centres

Divine Life sect:
Its founder, local Swami and its centres

Divine Life sect:
Its significant contributions to local Hinduism

Lord Murugan sect:
Its main deity and proposed temple

Lord Murugan sect:
Its ceremonies, symbols and rituals

Shivnarine/Sieunarine sect:
Its founder and its main scripture and ceremony

Shivnarine/Sieunarine sect:
Its local priests and its practices

October-November 2010
11 x 8 ½ inches. Glossy pages and cover.
ISSN 1683-4143
80 pages with advertisements and articles.

Available through mail service ONLY
TT$40 (includes handling, registration and local postage),
US$15 (includes handling, registration and foreign postage).
Make check or money order payable to Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council.

Postal address:
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC)
10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road
San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
West Indies

Tel: (868) 674-6008. Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707
E-mail: dmahabir@gmail.com, mahab@tstt.net.tt

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