There are different carnivals and festivals that brighten up the streets in the Caribbean every now and then. One major character that cuts across the islands is the Moko Jumbie, a stilts- walking dancer.
The word is derived from ‘Moko’ an African god known to protect the locals from danger and a guardian of the people and ‘Jumbi’ derived from ‘zumbi’, from the West-Indies word for spirit.
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It’s not uncommon to see people from different age brackets strapped in stilts and colourful outfits and masks on the streets during carnivals and festivals.
There is no carnival without a Moko Jumbie, though the tradition faced opposition for some years. It re-emerged in the 1990s and it’s still integral to the islanders celebrations during carnivals.