Spooky Caymanian myths

Countries around the world have adopted Halloween celebrations as an excuse to go trick or treating and throw fancy dress parties.

Cayman has a few spooky traditions all its own though, and they have nothing to do with witches, jack-o’-lanterns or Count Dracula, says Denise Bodden of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

That’s why she is once again running the Spooky Traditions bus tour, which will prove good, wholesome, family fun while at the same time educating youngsters in some of the traditional folklore of the Cayman Islands.

Along the way, participants will hear about the may cow, bats and woodpeckers that are at the centre of many island myths.

The tour departs from the National Trust offices and ends at Mission House, but this is not your average Mission House Tour, Denise says.

There will be a stop at Watler Cemetery where bats will fly from their houses and duppies may appear to dispel the Caymanian myth that the house shaped graves were pirate graves.

Along the way, the stories of the may cow – a mythical creature believed to have run amok, mooing and clanking chains – will be examined, along with beliefs that owls flying over one’s home heralded a death in the family.

On arrival at Mission House refreshments will be served, and some historical characters, such as Commissioner Hirst and Mrs. Lion, will act out fragments of historical tales.

The tours, says Denise, help to keep Caymanian tradition alive and make the folklore fun and accessible.

Tours run on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October, departing from the National Trust at 6pm. To reserve call 749-1123 or email [email protected]

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