Photographer: Mariano Hernandez
The Dominican mulatto woman is part of the essence and symbol of the Caribbean. For some she is the workmanship of the gods and some spirits or “mysteries” are jealous of her. She is the attraction, as an upright princess in the folkloric dances and songs, as is the case of Merengue, Bachata, Gagá and the Sarandunga. Without the mulatto woman, the Caribbean is a cemetery because she is life.
The mulatto woman is seen by many as the exaltation of the sublime, the unprecedented and unusual in Dominican magical realism. She is a goddess of poetry and fantasy. She is a dream, an incitement, and a temptation. But at the same time she is colorful, life, art culture, tradition, passion, music and dance. Oh the Caribbean mulatto woman!
During the colonization process, when the white Spanish man slept with a black female slave, the miracle of creating the mulatto woman, princess of color, joy, song, music, poetry, magic and life occurred. Upon seeing her, even the gods became jealous!