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Carnival, our people’s cleansing

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The event was hosted by the Sehon Goodridge Theological Society. This is the conclusion of the three-part series, of an edited version of the presentation. Part one appeared in February 16 issue and part two in February 23 issue.

This leads into another dimension of the Carnival that can be overdone, but which, if kept within perspective and not abused, shows a basic aspect and need of living in a human body; and those are rites of sensuality, sexuality, fertility and prosperity.

They are ancient and are seen generally as pagan. But human beings are sexual beings and sexuality is necessary for the fulfilment of natural urges and desires as well as the procreation of the species.

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