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    The next installment in the A-Z of the Dominican Republic - I for Iglesia which means church in Spanish. The Dominican Republic is a Catholic country in that Catholicism is the official religion, however, according to the Constitution of the country it is not a state religion. The Catholic church does however have special privileges in that they can use public funds to underwrite some church expenses and they have exoneration from all customs duties. Almost all of the guidebooks say that 95% of the population are Catholic which always seemed high to me, and according to research carried out by Gallup in 2006 the figure then was 40% practising Catholics, 30% non practising, 20% Protestant and 10% no religion. The growing segment appears to be Protestant with hundred of little churches of all types - Evangelical, Methodist, Adventist - plus those run by overseas missionary groups such as Jehovah's Witness and Mormons. There are also other religions such as Jewish and Muslim and the Haitian influence has also meant that in most areas there is a local voodoo branch, or the Dominican version known as brujeria, but it is usual to go to church and also go to the brujo at the same time - as a sort of back up really.

    On Sundays when I was in the barrio I can hear singing and shouting and clapping from around eight churches, and that is just those I can hear from my house. God is invoked in most conversations. When you say goodbye to someone they say, "Go with God," when you ask the butcher if he will have pork chops tomorrow he says, "If God wishes it".
    Everyone appears to believe in God and if I have ever tried to discuss Darwin's evolution theory I have been totally shot down in flames and retold the story of Adam and Eve.

    Looking then at churches, the two most impressive here are both Catholic. The first is the Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, and was the first Cathedral to be built in the Americas. It is in the old Colonial Zone in the capital Santo Domingo and was started in 1512 and finished in 1540. The remains of Christopher Columbus were there until they were moved to a lighthouse built further along the coast.

    The second famous cathedral is called the Sanctuary of the Miraculous Virgen of Altagracia in the City of Higuey. Higuey is in the East of the country and the name actually means sunlight in the languages of the indigenous Taino Indians, probably as the sun would rise there first. This cathedral was opened in 1971 on the original site of a sanctuary housing a painting of an image of the Virgin brought here by the Spanish in the 1500's. The cathedral is noted for its designs of oranges as apparently the Virgin appeared in a local orange grove and many subsequent miracles have happened in the area. The Virgin of Altagracia is the Patron Saint of the country, and one out of twelve Dominican women are called Altagracia. Every year on 21st January - Altagracia Day - thousands of Dominicans flock to the cathedral to pray to the picture of the Virgin, which is in a frame made of Dominican gold and studded with precious stones.
    When I was shot several Dominicans went there from all over the country to ask the Virgin to help me, and then insisted I returned to thank her for my return to health. Which I did.

    What is your I?

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    Growing up in NYC and Long Island, I was accustomed to large, elaborate Catholic Churches. I’ve been in many Catholic Churches in DR, and they are certainly more modest, to put it mildly.  We most frequently go to a church in the Honduras sector of Santo Domingo, modern (and air conditioned). The two churches at Playa Najayo are very humble, but there is a strong sense of community there. 

    “Si Dios quiere” is heard all the time.....ALL the time.  And when we see our nieces and nephews, mostly in their 20s now, they always ask for a blessing with their greetings.  Even the little tigure, lol.  




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    Ibis (the wading bird) and Iguana ( rhinoceros variety) are my "I" words. The Ibis and Herons on our shore are so fascinating to watch fish and at night crack land crabs. Last month someone had 50 Rhinoceros iguanas for sale in Sosua where puppy mills are usually plying their trade. The puppy mills seem to persist but the authorities at least did stop the iguanas sales and confiscated them.

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    I would love to have a rhinoceros iguana!  I had iguanas for years and when I came here years ago I thought I’d get another one but my maid said she couldn’t handle it in the house.  Any chance of me getting one of these?

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    "I" is for inodoro. Let me just state, for the record, that as a VERY First World, urban person, the whole concept of inodoro etiquette was a bit overwhelming. As in, "I need to do WHAT with my used toilet paper?" (Or if I were Nancy Mitford -U --- as opposed to non-U, which I certainly am: "lav tissue")

    For me, bc I am from the US, it took some getting used to. Whenever I am in the US, for the first 2-3 days, I am still looking for that basket next to the inodoro. But after that, I flush a whole roll at a time with every wipe....cuz I can!

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    "I" is for inodoro. Let me just state, for the record, that as a VERY First World, urban person, the whole concept of inodoro etiquette was a bit overwhelming. As in, "I need to do WHAT with my used toilet paper?" (Or if I were U- in Nancy Mitford world, as opposed to definitely non-U---and Nancy loathed Americans): "lav tissue")

    For me, bc I am from the US, it took some getting used to. Whenever I am in the US, for the first 2-3 days, I am still looking for that basket next to the inodoro. But after that, I flush a whole roll at a time with every wipe....cuz I can!

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    For me, I is for Isabella! I fell in love with this country a very long time ago. Our family has connections here but it was really only me that kept those connections going. Then, last fall, my brother got married in Puerto Plata and almost the entire family came for a week. During that week I took my nieces and nephews here and there and one of the things I did was take my oldest nephew to the top of Mt. Isabella. The cable cars were out of service so we had to drive up the mountain, which was an experience in and of itself. But watching my nephew look out at the water and the city below, he said to me "I get it". That was his first moment of understanding how one could fall in love with a country(many more happened throughout his short visit)...and it happened atop Mt. Isabella

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    um, somebody told me they thought the iguanas were for sale for eating but I am hoping they were being sold as pets and weren’t strung up and dead, I have had iguanas as pets for years, that’s what I meant 

    I don’t want anyone thinking I want to eat an iguana!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meemselle View Post
    "I" is for inodoro. Let me just state, for the record, that as a VERY First World, urban person, the whole concept of inodoro etiquette was a bit overwhelming. As in, "I need to do WHAT with my used toilet paper?" (Or if I were Nancy Mitford -U --- as opposed to non-U, which I certainly am: "lav tissue")

    For me, bc I am from the US, it took some getting used to. Whenever I am in the US, for the first 2-3 days, I am still looking for that basket next to the inodoro. But after that, I flush a whole roll at a time with every wipe....cuz I can!


    a French guy built my house here, the pipes are made for paper

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    idiota - I use this word too much, I know, but it’s hard not to

    I usually use it while I’m driving but not always . . .

    sometimes I watch people struggling with something simple and I just want to shove them out of the way and do it myself

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