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Traditions, taboos, belief and superstition. Writers from the Antilles and Surinam

Ruth San A Jong, Sonia Garmers en Usha Marhé  - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Ruth San A Jong, Sonia Garmers en Usha Marhé  - foto Serge Ligtenberg

A man dies. His lover puts a set of used underpants of her in his coffin. That's the custom in Surinam. But how do you do it without arousing the suspicion of his wife? And is this the only pair of underpants? Budding talent Ruth San A Jong wrote stories from Paramaribo like the one about the underpants above. Grande dame Sonia Garmers from Curaçao and Usha Marhé, who lives in the Netherlands, have written about rituals, magic and traditions which are part of daily life in their country. Belief and superstition can defuse fear but also arouse it: what if you don't keep to the accompanying customs? What if you want to break though tradition. The writers, varying in age, discuss this and other questions and read from their work. Noraly Beyer leads the conversation. In Dutch.