The Taino Indians Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Taino Indians
A brief overview of the everyday life and traditions of the Taino Indians.
# 117202 | 733 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2009 in Native-American Studies (General)

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This paper briefly describes the Taino Indians, a subgroup of the Arawakan Indians who were a community of American Indians in northeastern South America. The paper relates that the Tainos were farmers and fishermen, and discusses their spoken language (Arawakan) and their written language, which was in the form of petroglyphs. The religious beliefs and practices of the Tainos is also described.

From the Paper:

"In addition to their petroglyphs, the Taino believed in consuming "psychoactive" herbs so that they could communicate with Zemis and the spirits of their ancestors in a ceremony that they called Cohoba. Shaman used the spiritual ceremony to cure the sick, predict what lay ahead in the future, and keep their society safe. Everyone involved would fast before the ceremony began. They would force themselves then to vomit by using a long utensil and putting it down their throats. Once they had vomited, they would inhale cohoba from a carved vessel that had tubes for putting up the nose. It was believed that the Shaman would then leave the "natural world" and travel through the hole in the center of the Earth and they would go into the shaft that connected the two realms of the universe (Rouse 1993)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Galeano, Eduardo. Memory of Fire: Genesis. W.W. Norton & Co: 1998.
  • Rouse, Irving. The Tainos: The Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus. Yale University Press: 1993.
  • El Boricua: A Cultural Site. 2008. Retrieved from the Web Site: on September 30, 2008.
  • To Puerto Rico. 2008. Retrieved from the Web Site: on September 30, 2008.

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