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Ministers dismiss occult concerns over TT$50 bill

Published:Tuesday | December 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas has dismissed reports of occult symbols within the new TT$50 bill now in circulation in Trinidad & Tobago.

Douglas told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper that the currency, which went into circulation in early December and has been the source of considerable debate, is "the most beautiful money" ever produced in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago had described the new TT$50 note as depicting "the natural beauty and vibrant energy of Trinidad and Tobago".

The Central Bank said Trinidad and Tobago is the first Caribbean country to use polymer in the making of local currency, and the picture of a young female masquerader in an award-winning carnival costume "captures the energy of our people".

But people have complained on social media that it is a depiction of a serpent queen and even the devil. One video shows a close-up view of the masquerader's headpiece, describing it as an image of collection of snakes.

But Douglas said the greater evil is what people are perceiving about the note and after he heard some of the claims being made about the new currency, he "went back and looked at the picture and I don't get it. It is not evil".

He urged citizens to "desist from allowing themselves to be abused by superstition and necromancy" and advised those with concerns about the note being reflective of the devil to "go to your church and pray".

Minister of Finance and the Economy Rudranath Indarsingh told the Trinidad Guardian that it was clear that citizens were using their freedom of speech to engage in divisiveness.

Indarsingh said the Central Bank had made it clear that it chose things that represented the people of the country in producing the redesigned note.