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Author Oliver, Jose R.

Title Caciques and Cemi idols [electronic resource] : the web spun by Taino rulers between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico / Jose R. Oliver.

Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2009.


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xviii, 306 p. : ill., maps.
Series Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory
Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-279) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Believers of Cemiism : who were the Tainos 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 Cemi reveals its personhood and its body form -- Cemi idols and Tainoan idolatry -- Cemis and personal identities -- The power and potency of the Cemis -- The display of Cemis : personal vs. communal ownership, private vs. public function -- Face-to-face interactions : Cemis, idols, and the native political elite -- Hanging on to and losing the power of the Cemi idols -- The inheritance and reciprocal exchange of Cemi icons -- Cemis : alienable or inalienable; to give and to keep -- Stone collars, elbow stones, and caciques -- Ancestor Cemis and the Cemiification of the caciques -- The guaiza face masks : gifts of the living for the living -- The circulation of chief's names, women, and Cemis : between the greater and lesser Antilles -- Up in arms : Taino freedom fighters in Higuey and Boriquen -- The virgin Mary icons and native Cemis : two cases of religious syncretism in Cuba -- Religious syncretism and transculturation : the crossroads toward new identities -- Final remarks.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Taino Indians -- Religion.
Taino Indians -- Implements.
Taino Indians -- Colonization.
Indians of the West Indies -- First contact with Europeans -- Hispaniola.
Stone implements -- Hispaniola -- History.
Icons -- Hispaniola -- History.
Christianity and culture -- Hispaniola.
Christianity and other religions -- Hispaniola.
Syncretism (Religion) -- Hispaniola.
Spain -- Colonies -- America.
Hispaniola -- Colonization.
Hispaniola -- Antiquities.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9780817316365 (cloth : alk. paper)
0817316361 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780817355159 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0817355154 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780817381172 (electronic bk.)
0817381171 (electronic bk.)

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