The Mythology and Religion of the Taínos is an essential work in the bibliography of the indigenous people of the Antilles. Written by Sebastián Robiou Lamarche and translated by Andrew Hurley, this book provides an analysis and summary of the beliefs and rituals of the Taíno people.
At the moment of Contact, the Taínos’ mythical time was interlinked with historical time. Their powerful, sacred cemíes preserved the spirits of the deities and other mythical figures of the past, allowing the Taínos to maintain contact with the time of the origins. When, during the ritual of the cohoba, the cacique, or chief, communicated with those higher beings, he became the mediator between the deities and society.
This book is a must-have for both the general public and the scholar. It provides an in-depth look at the mythology and religion of the Taíno people, and is written by an expert in the field with a doctorate in history from the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.