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Caciques and Cemí idols : the web spun by Taíno rulers between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico

Author: José R Oliver
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2009.
Series: Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cemis are both portable artifacts and embodiments of persons or spirits, which the Tainos and other natives of the Greater Antilles (ca AD 1000-1550) regarded as numinous beings with super-natural or  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: José R Oliver
ISBN: 9780817316365 0817316361 9780817355159 0817355154 9780817381172 0817381171
OCLC Number: 248537521
Description: xviii, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Believers of Cemíism : who were the Taínos and where did they come from? --
Webs of interaction : human beings, other beings, and many things --
Personhood and the animistic Amerindian perspective --
Contrasting animistic and naturalistic worldviews --
The Cemí reveals its personhood and its body form --
Cemí idols and Taínoan idolatry --
Cemís and personal identities --
The power and potency of the Cemís --
The display of Cemís : personal vs. communal ownership, private vs. public function --
Face-to-face interactions : Cemís, idols, and the native political elite --
Hanging on to and losing the power of the Cemí idols --
The inheritance and reciprocal exchange of Cemí icons --
Cemís : alienable or inalienable; to give and to keep --
Stone collars, elbow stones, and caciques --
Ancestor Cemís and the Cemíification of the caciques --
The guaíza face masks : gifts of the living for the living --
The circulation of chief's names, women, and Cemís : between the greater and lesser Antilles --
Up in arms : Taíno freedom fighters in Higüey and Boriquén --
The virgin Mary icons and native Cemís : two cases of religious syncretism in Cuba --
Religious syncretism and transculturation : the crossroads toward new identities --
Final remarks.
Series Title: Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory.
Responsibility: José R. Oliver.
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