It was immediately following the internment at National Heroes Park on June 23rd, 2019 that a candlelight ceremony was held for Mr. Seaga.
Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange presided over a candlelight ceremony at the grave site. In fact around the grave itself. There was drumming and dancing which has rich religious symbolism. It is not clear if the intention is to raise the spirit of Mr. Seaga from the grave and transport it elsewhere. My theory is mere speculation as I have no expert evidence on this subject.
There was even a Bishop at the candlelight ceremony along with some of his “disciples.” The bishop was dressed in his white official gown. Mr. Seaga was granted an ecumenical service which was held earlier at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, a Roman Catholic church in Kingston, Jamaica. This was at about sun set.
The late Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga was a deeply religious person and is widely considered to be an authority on this religious art form known as revilivalism. Mr. Seaga studied this religious artform in Buxton Town, St. Catherine and Matthews Lane Kingston a known Inner City community. He lived among the people during his sabbatical while perfecting this artform that has its roots in mother Africa where slaves who were kidnapped were taken from.
Vision was the only media house present and we will do a more detailed account of this candlelight ceremony in further posts. It was a .moving and beautiful exercise/ceremony.
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Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper Canada.