“Oh gooowd, but he naked!”

Posted in Sex in Caribbean Art by Adele Todd on August 19, 2007

This was the refrain of the citizenry as Peter Samuel danced onto the Savannah stage in 1981. In the Minshall portrayal, The Sacred and the Profane, and no, Mr. Samual’s perceived nudity was not, ‘the profane.”

The Sacred and the Profane

The Sacred and the Profane He was wearing a flesh coloured bodysuit that was hand painted to reflect every suggested muscle in his body. He represented Adam in the garden of Eden as he reaches for the apple. Peter Minshall had placed his mas man at the centre of the costume, with the snake curled around him, fanning out to the apple tree. As costumes go it was spectacular and as this entry shows, it was also a spectacle. People were amazed by what they saw. Was he naked or not? Here was handsome, muscled Peter Samuel having absolutely no shame. “ But yuh could see he tootee! Hee Hee!”

It was a moment in mas that shall possibly never be repeated, and it was a moment in art when a mas man was elevated to a God.


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