May Dreadlocks Be With JESUS

When I went to the market, I saw a box with a doll Jesus inside .The dolly Jesus had a purple cape, a gold necklace, brown sandals, and some DREADLOCKS . I thought that the dreadlock Jesus doll would be really funny if I named the title May DREADLOCKS Be With JESUS, instead of: May Peace be with Jesus . My mom thought that the dreadlock Jesus was funny too. I had a fun time at the market seeing the dreadlock Jesus, and if you want to see the dreadlock Jesus someday, I bet you will like it too!

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  1. Just read this and Cuenca doesn’t look appealing at all now!

    Mark,

    Thanks for your question. Cuenca is supposedly the “it” place right now for North American retirees. Most are your typical older white couples that you might see in Florida. We avoid contact with them like the plague. We are a couple in our 40s with two teenage kids, so we are not typical and definitely avoid the gringo hang outs. I really do not have any desire to be part of the gringo scene.

    Unfortunately there is prejudice here in Cuenca, especially towards people of African descent. I am from Georgia and went to school with and have a number of friends who are of Afro-descent (and I probably have a good amount of afro-blood in me since I was raised in the South and Willis is a last name of many black families in Georgia). I feel comfortable around people of all races and find the cultural differences very interesting. Anyway, when we first arrived in Cuenca, I was shocked to see the open prejudice here against black folks. Cuencanos think that all black people are criminals from Columbia or from the coast who will rob you on site. We currently live in a neighborhood on the out skirts of Cuenca and have a black Ecuadorian man as a neighbor. He is friendly to us and we always speak whenever we meet on the road. We were warned by others to never speak to this man, since he obviously must be a robber being a black man. Such ignorance and racial profiling is very common here. Since Cuencanos are so prejudiced you will find very few black Ecuadorians here in Cuenca. Cuencanos are also openly prejudiced against the indigenous people who live here. You will never see a native Cuencano speaking to an Indian or indigenous person. Cuencanos are not politically correct and we find many to be obnoxious and ignorant. You will not read such comments on the blogs or International Living articles, but the truth is the truth.

    On the coast, there are many afro-Ecuadorians. The food is better on the coast and the people are more friendly. In Esmeraldas there is a large population of Ecuadorians of African descent whose ancestors arrived hundreds of years ago. Personally, I would avoid Cuenca. We have lived here for almost 6 years and are getting ready to move to another part of Ecuador because we have learned that in other parts of the country Ecuadorians are more open and friendly. Cuencanos think that their city and culture is the best, but honestly there are other parts of the country that are just as beautiful and you don´t have put up with ignorant people. Cuenca was cut off from the rest of the country for hundreds of years and for that reason Cuencanso have developed their own culture and way of thinking and speaking. Not all Cuencanos are bad, but they definitely have a strange way of thinking and I think that if you do decide to come to Ecuador you would do yourself a favor to investigate other regions. The coast is beautiful and you would probably feel more comfortable living there or even in other parts of the mountains. Loja, Ambato, Imbabura are nice smaller towns in the mountains. I can´t say what their attitude is toward people of African descent, but we have found the people there to be generally more friendly.

    I hope that this info. helps,

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