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An account of the antiquities of the Indians : chronicles of the New World encounter

Author: Ramón Pané; José Juan Arrom
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1999.
Series: Latin America in translation/en traducción/em tradução.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : A new ed.View all editions and formats
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Completed around 1498, this is one of the few eyewitness accounts of the initial encounter between Spaniards and Amerindians, based on Pané's several years of living among the native inhabitants of Hispaniola.
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Pané, Ramón, -1571.
Account of the antiquities of the Indians.
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607414391
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ramón Pané; José Juan Arrom
ISBN: 0822323478 9780822323471 0822323257 9780822323259
OCLC Number: 40753038
Description: xxix, 72 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: An account of the antiquities of the Indians, diligently gathered by Fray Ramón, a man who knows their language, by order of the admiral --
Concerning the place from which the Indians have come and in what manner --
How the men were separated from the women --
How the indignant Guahayona resolved to leave, seeing that those men whom he had sent to gether the digo for bathing did not return --
7 --
How afterwords there were once again women on the said Island of Hispaniola, which before was called Haiti, and the inhabitants call it by this name, and they called it and the other islands Bohío --
How Guahayona returned to the said Cauta, from where he had taken the women --
How there were once again women on the aforementioned Island of Haití, which is now called Hispaniola --
How they found a solution so that would be women --
How they say the sea was made --
How the four identical sons of Itiba Chaubaba, who died in childbirth, went together to take Yaya's gourd, which held his son Yayael, who had been transformed into fishes, and none dared to seize it except Deminán Caracaracol, who took it down, and everyone ate their fill of fish --
Concerning what happened to the four brothers when they were fleeing from Yaya --
Concerning what they believe about the dead wandering about, and what they are like, and what they do --
Concerning the shape they say the dead have --
Concerning whence they deduce this and who leads them to hold such a belief --
Concerning the observances of these Indian behiques, and how they practice medicine and teach the people, and in their medicinal cures they are often deceived --
Concerning what the said behiques do --
How the aforesaid physicians have at times been deceived --
How the relatives of the dead man take revenge when they have got an answer by means of the spell of the drinks --
How they find out what they want from the one whom they have burned, and how they take revenge --
How they make and keep the zemis made of wood or of stone --
Concerning the zemi Buya and Aiba, who they say was burned when there was war, and afterwards, when they washed him with yuca juice, he grew arms, and his eyes reappeared, and his body grew --
Concerning Guamarete's zemi --
Concerning another zemi called Opiyelguobirán, which was in the possession of a preeminent man called Sabananiobabo, who had many subjects under his command --
Concerning another zemi whose name was Guabancex --
Concerning what they believe about another zemi was Baraguabael --
Concerning the things they affirm were told by two principal caciques of the Island of Hispaniola, one called Cacibaquel, father of the aforesaid Guarionex, and the other Guamanacoel --
How we left to go to the country of the aforesaid Mabiatué --
that is, I, Fray Ramón Pané, a humble friar, Fray Juan de Borgoña of the Order of Saint Francis, and Juan Mateo, the first man to receive the holy baptismal water on the Island of Hispaniola --
Concerning what happened to the images and the miracle God worked to show his power.
Series Title: Latin America in translation/en traducción/em tradução.
Other Titles: Relación acerca de las antigüedades de los indios.
Responsibility: Ramón Pané.

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