Tainos Ceremony Participant - #3 out of 3 of a series

Carole Boudreau


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This descendant of the Tainos people took part in the ceremony that you can see in the 2 other pictures I posted in this series about the spirits orbs.

This is was a reconstitution of a Tainos religious Spanish,conquest, ceremony to the memories of the dead I captured it at the “Manatee National Park ” in Punta Cana Dominican Rep. Caribbean Island.
This is a series of about 12 pictures I took during the religious ceremony, on the first (not posted) we can clearly see the start of the elevations of the spirits of dead Tainos gradually rising from the middle of the artifact skeletons that are covered with a glass top inside a corded barrier for preservation and are in the ground in the middle center of the ceremony, in this picture we can very well and clearly see all of the hundreds of spirits that have raised from the tomb in the ground while the pinnacle of the ceremony was going on…

The skeletons and other artifacts more that 500 years old of the Tainos people where found in a archeological excavation of the village that was in the past, on the terrain of the Manatee National Park Preserve.

The Taínos were pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the northern Lesser Antilles. It is believed that the seafaring Taínos were relatives of the Arawakan people of South America. Their language is a member of the Maipurean linguistic family, which ranges from South America across the Caribbean.

At the time of Columbus’s arrival in 1492, there were five Taíno kingdoms and territories on Hispaniola (modern day Dominican Republic and Haiti), each led by a principal Cacique (chieftain), to whom tribute was paid. As the hereditary head chief of Taíno tribes, the cacique was paid significant tribute. Caciques enjoyed the privilege of wearing golden pendants called guani, living in square bohíos instead of the round ones the villagers inhabited, and sat on wooden stools when receiving guests. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the largest Taíno population centers may have contained over 3,000 people each. The Taínos were historical neighbors and enemies of the fierce Carib tribes, another group with origins in South America who lived principally in the Lesser Antilles. The relationship between the two groups has been the subject of much study.

This photo as is , taken with my Photosmart HP R927 camera, NO enhancement watch so ever!

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