Famous Parang Places in Trinidad
The Catalonian Capuchin Monks arrived in Trinidad in August 1687 and immediately braved the thick and hostile jungle to find their way to the interior.
The first mission they founded was San Rafael in 1688, named after the archangel that escorted Tobias on his journeys keeping him safe from harm and lending him guidance. It is easy to see the reason for naming the mission after the Angel. They then set about converting the indigenous people using the tried and proven method of preaching the gospels – via music … the pure and joyful music we know today as the Aguinaldo in Parang.
So, welcome to the land where it all began… 316 years ago, and continues to live in the hearts of all that live here…
Bienvenido a San Rafael! Welcome to San Rafael!
St. Joseph was founded in 1592 by Don Antonio de Berrio, nearly 100 years after the first sighting of Trinidad by Columbus. Don Antonio and his soldiers made their way up the Caroni, then up the St. Joseph River to start a small settlement named San Jose de Oruna. This settlement, now known as St. Joseph was the island’s first capital. Churches and missions were erected with little initial success but the genesis of missionary work took root here.
The area is now known Caribbean wide as one of the homes of Parang music and the mission of St. Michael played an important part in the upkeep of the Parang artform. The name Maracas – shak shak – evokes the warmth and familiar relationship that every Trinidadian has with Parang music. It is here that Parang can be seen in its most pristine and unaffected beauty.
Bienvenido a San Jose de Oruna
The area upon which we stand was part of the greater Caroni Plains, so named by the Amerindians before the arrival of the Spaniards. Caroni for the Caribs and Arawaks, was a mythical fish that was capable of swallowing a man whole. But this represented the overwhelming prowess of nature and man’s inability to coerce it to his ends. As the Spaniards came, they also developed a healthy respect for nature. The marvelous descriptions of natural phenomena in Parang music attests to the Spaniard’s wonder at the beauty of God’s creation. Nestle has over the years demonstrated a respect and love of nature and wanted to share this with the people of Trinidad & Tobago.
My dear friends, thanks to them, you stand on ground sacred to the Carib and Arawak, where the Amerindian and Spanish genius meet and where music and nature fuse into one. Parang is Love of God and Love of Creation.
Bienvenido a Caroni, Bienvenido a La Belleza de Dios, Bienvenido a Nestle.