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By Jose R Oliver

Cemís are either transportable artifacts and embodiments of folks or spirit, which the Taínos and different natives of the larger Antilles (ca. advert 1000-1550) considered as numinous beings with supernatural or magic powers. This quantity takes an in depth examine the connection among people and different (non-human) beings which are imbued with cemí strength, particularly in the Taíno inter-island cultural sphere encompassing Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The relationships deal with the $64000 questions of identification and personhood of the cemí icons and their human “owners” and the results of cemí gift-giving and gift-taking that sustains a posh internet of relationships among caciques (chiefs) of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

 

Oliver presents a cautious research of the 4 significant types of cemís—three-pointed stones, huge stone heads, stone collars, and elbow stones—as good as face mask, which supply an enticing distinction to the stone heads. He unearths facts for his interpretation of human and cemí interactions from a severe assessment of 16th-century Spanish ethnohistoric files, particularly the Relación Acerca de las Antigüedades de los Indios written by way of Friar Ramón Pané in 1497–1498 below orders from Christopher Columbus. Buttressed through examples of local resistance and syncretism, the quantity discusses the iconoclastic conflicts and the connection among the icons and the humans. targeting this and at the numerous contexts within which the relationships have been enacted, Oliver finds how the cemís have been critical to the workout of local political strength. Such cemís have been thought of an immediate hazard to the hegemony of the Spanish conquerors, as those powerful gadgets have been visible as allies within the local resistance to the onslaught of Christendom with its icons of saints and virgins.

 

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