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    "The Apostle of the Indians of Guiana"
    A Memoir of the Life and Labours of the Rev. W.H. Brett, B.D.
    For Forty Years a Missionary in British Guiana

    By the Rev. F.P.L. Josa
    Rector of Holy Trinity, Essequibo

    London: Wells, Gardner, Darton and Co., 1887.

    Chapter II.

    The Guianas--British Guiana--A Description of the country and its inhabitants--The Indians--Houses--Food--Drink--Paiwarri feasts.

    Guyana Dedicates Historic First Masjid Site

    The masjid site dates back to the days of indentureship, when Muslims (brought to the Caribbean from India by the British after the abolition of slavery) performed ritual prayers in their homes. The dedication marked the site where the first masjid (on the South American continent) was built by Guyana's indentured Muslims in the 1860's. At first, there was no building on the site, but the area was marked off in the traditional Islamic manner to signify a sacred place where Muslims met in the open to carry out ritual worship. Later, the indentured Muslims constructed the first masjid, which was a structure made of mud and palm leaves.

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