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By Jose R Oliver

ISBN-10: 0817316361

ISBN-13: 9780817316365

ISBN-10: 0817355154

ISBN-13: 9780817355159

Cemís are either transportable artifacts and embodiments of people or spirit, which the Taínos and different natives of the larger Antilles (ca. advert 1000-1550) considered as numinous beings with supernatural or magic powers. This quantity takes a detailed examine the connection among people and different (non-human) beings which are imbued with cemí strength, in particular in the Taíno inter-island cultural sphere encompassing Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The relationships deal with the $64000 questions of identification and personhood of the cemí icons and their human “owners” and the consequences of cemí gift-giving and gift-taking that sustains a posh internet of relationships among caciques (chiefs) of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.


Oliver offers a cautious research of the 4 significant varieties of cemís—three-pointed stones, huge stone heads, stone collars, and elbow stones—as good as face mask, which offer a fascinating distinction to the stone heads. He unearths proof for his interpretation of human and cemí interactions from a severe evaluation of 16th-century Spanish ethnohistoric records, specifically the Relación Acerca de las Antigüedades de los Indios written via Friar Ramón Pané in 1497–1498 lower than orders from Christopher Columbus. Buttressed by means of examples of local resistance and syncretism, the amount discusses the iconoclastic conflicts and the connection among the icons and the humans. targeting this and at the a number of contexts during which the relationships have been enacted, Oliver finds how the cemís have been crucial to the workout of local political strength. Such cemís have been thought of an immediate possibility to the hegemony of the Spanish conquerors, as those effective items have been visible as allies within the local resistance to the onslaught of Christendom with its icons of saints and virgins.


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