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Caciques and Cemi Idols: The Web Spun by Taino Rulers Between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico (Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory)

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Cemand#237;s are both portable artifacts and embodiments of persons or spirit, which the Taand#237;nos and other natives of the Greater Antilles (ca. AD 1000-1550) regarded as numinous beings with supernatural or magic powers. This volume takes a close look at the relationship between humans and other (non-human) beings that are imbued with cemand#237; power, specifically within the Taand#237;no inter-island cultural sphere encompassing Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The relationships address the important questions of identity and personhood of the cemand#237; icons and their human and#147;ownersand#8221; and the implications of cemand#237; gift-giving and gift-taking that sustains a complex web of relationships between caciques (chiefs) of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.
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Oliver provides a careful analysis of the four major forms of cemand#237;sand#151;three-pointed stones, large stone heads, stone collars, and elbow stonesand#151;as well as face masks, which provide an interesting contrast to the stone heads. He finds evidence for his interpretation of human and cemand#237; interactions from a critical review of 16th-century Spanish ethnohistoric documents, especially the Relaciand#243;n Acerca de las Antigand#252;edades de los Indios written by Friar Ramand#243;n Panand#233; in 1497and#150;1498 under orders from Christopher Columbus. Buttressed by examples of native resistance and syncretism, the volume discusses the iconoclastic conflicts and the relationship between the icons and the human beings. Focusing on this and on the various contexts in which the relationships were enacted, Oliver reveals how the cemand#237;s were central to the exercise of native political power. Such cemand#237;s were considered a direct threat to the hegemony of the Spanish conquerors, as these potent objects were seen as allies in the native resistance to the onslaught of Christendom with its icons of saints and virgins.
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Caciques and Cemi Idolstakes a close look at the relationship between humans and other (non-human) beings that are imbued with cemandiacute; power, specifically within the Taandiacute;no inter-island cultural sphere encompassing Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

About the Author

Josandeacute; R. Oliver is Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817316365
Author:
Oliver, Jose R.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Author:
Oliver, Jos R.
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Spain Colonies America.
Subject:
Taino Indians -- Religion.
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
2
Series:
Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

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Caciques and Cemi Idolstakes a close look at the relationship between humans and other (non-human) beings that are imbued with cemandiacute; power, specifically within the Taandiacute;no inter-island cultural sphere encompassing Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

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