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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CARRIBEAN P.O. BOX 175, PORT OF SPAIN Group Assignment- Carnival & Morality An Assignment Presented in Partial Fulfilment Of the Requirements of the course SOCI119-01: Principles of Sociology INSTRUCTOR: Terrance Browne Submitted by Donisha Guevara Kalisha Yee Sapphire Jones Precious Taylor Nyla Urbano Zipporah Samuel Kimba Vincent Adams April 18 th , 2016. Approval… .........................
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Definition of Issue Morality, this is derived from the word “moral,” which seeks to define what is good or bad, or what differentiates between right and wrong. This includes the obedience to accepted standards and rules of behavior. Whatever you may think about Carnival, it has a morality of its own, and it seems that there is almost nothing that any politician, priest or normal citizen could do about it. In fact, it seems as a case where: “If you can’t beat them, join them”. The organizers of Catholic band, Genesis 1, apparently did just that: ‘play mas’ too, claiming that their well-clothed masqueraders would inspire rather than conspire with the less dressed. “Carnival is we thing, our culture,” said Father Jason Gordon. Another Catholic, Deacon Derek Walcott, told the media that nothing “is wrong” with a Catholic band “playing in the national festival.” Remember “if the priest could play who is we?” Well, it’s here. At Carnival, thousands drift to the beaches or fly out northwards, as if fleeing from some kind of “evil spell.” I even heard a pastor complaining about how “Carnival is polluting the minds of our youth.” Certainly, for such people, Carnival is not their “values” at all. There are laws against “lewdness, indecent dress” and even “incitation to violence.” But can you arrest anybody on Carnival day for “indecent dress?” Mas’ in Carnival, like the calypso, competes with the “normal” rules of the community. In fact, Carnival is expected to “mock society.” And the “wining”? Well, that is something else, something you will not do on the streets any other day. Carnival provides latitude and legitimacy to “wines” you never imagine ladies could do. Even “wine to the side” became a popular hit, with some tumbling down in the clumsy attempt.
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“Beads and bikinis” outfits, thongs as well, which in his view, seem to be bringing Carnival into sad disrepute, an embarrassment to the traditional, more “decent” costumes. The naked truth is that the “old time mentality is that when an organization becomes successful, they are cried down.” It was further stated that “beads and bikinis” masqueraders in bands are really moving with the times. Many see the “thongs in town” parades as driven more by profit than promoting local culture. It’s more about the growing money culture in Carnival, said Port-of- Spain’s former Mayor Louis Lee Singh in 2011. Such quarrels boil down to values and morality.
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