posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 09:15 AM
Hi all. Long-time lurker here, just decided to create an account since I live on the island referenced in the OP. Must admit I hadn't heard of the
incident, but then, I spend most of my time in cyberspace and rarely pay attention to local happenings. I tend to avoid reading about demons because
frankly, the stories freak me out, and I've had enough bizarre encounters to *not* want to associate them with anything of a demonic nature. That
said, readers should be aware of the type of mentality that exists here. The island community as a whole tends to be extremely religious and
God-fearing. I don't mean in a bible-pushing, Jesus-freak, sacrifice-a-virgin kind of way, but more subtly. For instance, the island's location
makes it far less susceptible to direct hits from hurricanes, and 9 out of 10 times most locals will largely ignore hurricane warnings because the
place hasn't been hit since the mid-50s, and according to the story that storm (the famous "Hurricane Janet") made a U-turn after passing the
island and slammed into it. I remember reading somewhere that this sparked a religious frenzy of some sort - more people returning to church, etc -
but I don't recall the details. Whenever there's a near-miss and one of our island neighbors gets flattened, you can expect to hear the half-joking
expression, "That's because God is a Bajan". ("Bajan", pronounced Bay-jun, is the the local term for "Barbadian".) It's true you can't
throw a rock anywhere without hitting a church, and many here believe our good fortune is largely due to the attention to religion.
There are lots of stories about local demons, like the baku for instance; ghosts are termed as "duppies", and there's folklore about an entity
called a "steel donkey" that people supposedly hear passing at night (no idea what it's supposed to portend or if anyone's ever claimed to have
seen one), but personally I think they're just superstitions left over from slave days. You'll mostly find the older folk believing in these
things. Edey Village, from what I've seen in passing, strikes me as the type of place where such folk still hold influence, so the story doesn't
surprise me. You'd be hard-pressed to find such an account coming out of the more affluent and less superstitious communities, though to be fair,
residents are far less likely to report it to the press. The only local story of unexplained phenomena that I find compelling is that of the moving
coffins in the Chase Vault - that one I wish someone could explain to me.
Anyway, I'll ask around and see if I know anyone who knows anyone who may be a credible witness. I doubt it's "propaganda to demonize the net" as
one poster suggested, and as far as it being viewed as "strange" that it received media coverage, let me point out that back in 2005 Rihanna made
front page news and sparked controversial radio debates immediately following her worldwide debut because she was photographed (read carefully now)
crossing the street from a fast food joint to a popular beach wearing nothing but... jeans and a revealing top *over* a swimsuit. The uproar about
her impropriety is the stuff of legend. Seriously, nobody worth talking to takes the Nation newspaper seriously.