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4 DOMINICAN URBAN LEGENDS OF DARK CREATURES THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

La Ciguapa

Most of us grew up spooked by folktales our parents shared with us as young children, whether it was to keep us from being naughty or just for good ol’ fun. Folklore involving monsters and mythical creatures have been a vibrant part of cultures all around the world — some completely different, and others very similar with just a few twists. Here are four urban legends of monsters that scared us as children, and will scare you now: 1. La Ciguapa This mythical creature is one of the most common in Domincan legends. The Ciguapa is described as a succubus […]

6 Icons You Probably Didn’t Know Were Dominican

While many in the US may not know much about Dominican culture off the top of their heads, the island has been contributing to global entertainment, sport, fashion and music for a long time. Latinx populations across the Caribbean and Central and South America have a varied genetic makeup because of the heavy integration of races and ethnicities throughout history, starting with the Spaniards’ colonization in 1492. However, ingrained racism and colorism has erased many Afro-Latinx people from history. Most Dominicans actually have European, African, and Indigenous ancestry, and our diversity makes our island vibrant. There are many Dominicans who […]

The Dominican Republic: A Brief History

Pisqueya DR Map

From its rich history and physical beauty to its food and music, the Dominican Republic stimulates all of the senses. Together, these trademarks shape the distinct culture that has developed over centuries. Despite this, the country and culture are unfamiliar in many parts of the United States. Many Americans don’t know what the Caribbean island is or what it means to be Dominican. Because of this, Pisqueya wants to shed light on our paradise and share its spirit and lifestyle with the rest of the world. Our Motivation: Growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC, within […]