Hindus in Carribean Islands(West Indies)
When I was 14 years of age , I attended a lecture by Sri Cheddi Jagan, the Hindu Prime minister of British Guyana. Ever since that time , Ihave interest in Carribean Hindus. Carribian is known as west Indies to us. I am sure Cricket enthusiasts would remember Sri Rama Dhin and later Sri Alvin Kalicharan who were great players during their time,
You all would be surprised to know that Hindus occupy 25% of the carribian Islands .They are the descendents of the sugarcane labourers taken forcefully by the British to work in their fields. The percentage of women among them was very less and inter marriage took place with natives.Because of this there is almost no caste distinctions among them, though an extremely small minority claims they are Brahmins and they manage the temples .They are all mostly devotees of Rama and though Arya samaj tried to reform them, they still follow the orthodox Hindu religion.Another strange thing about them is that Women can and are priests among them. There are temples for Lord Shiva, Goddess Mariamman, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna among them.Mostly they speak English but a Language called Carribean Hindustani which is the Maithili dialects of Hindi.
To identify themselves they started erecting a flag in front of their houses.They strangely call it Jhandi(not Jhanda) .They have their own temples as well as cusine .
Please read more about them in http://somethinginherramblings.com/temples-doubles-uncovering-indian-influences-caribbean/