Cave of the Jaqua: The Mythological World of the Tainos

Overview

Cave of the Jagua has long been the authoritative text on the now extinct Taíno people of the West Indies. In this revised edition, Antonio Stevens-Arroyo reinforces his groundbreaking work with new research and analysis. The volume features updated interpretations of Taíno spirituality, evaluates recent DNA findings among Caribbean people, and offers new evidence that Taínos were not exterminated in the sixteenth century. This volume will be invaluable to scholars of religion, anthropology, and Latino studies ...

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Overview

Cave of the Jagua has long been the authoritative text on the now extinct Taíno people of the West Indies. In this revised edition, Antonio Stevens-Arroyo reinforces his groundbreaking work with new research and analysis. The volume features updated interpretations of Taíno spirituality, evaluates recent DNA findings among Caribbean people, and offers new evidence that Taínos were not exterminated in the sixteenth century. This volume will be invaluable to scholars of religion, anthropology, and Latino studies alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589661127
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio M. Stevens-Arroyo is professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and director of the Center for Religion in Society and Culture at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Papal Overtures in a Cuban Key.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The social context for Taino mythology
1 Deciphering the artifacts of belief 3
2 The state of Taino studies 19
3 The natural world of the Tainos 37
4 The religious cosmos of the Tainos 53
5 The manuscript of Ramon Pane 71
Pt. II The Taino creation myth
6 Two tales of the Taino genesis 87
7 Deminan : new Noah in a Promethean odyssey 113
Pt. III The hero myth
8 The Taino social contract 135
9 Sexual wonder and Amazon femininity 153
10 The vengeance of time 173
Pt. IV The interpretation of Taino mythology
11 The archetypes of the Taino cosmos 199
12 Taino cemieism : coincidentia oppositorum 219
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