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Cave of the Jagua

The Mythological World of the Taínos

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.

320 pages | 17 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1983, 2005

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Key to Bibliographical Abbreviations
Part I.  The Social Context for Taíno Mythology
1.  Deciphering the Artifacts of Belief
2.  The State of Taíno Studies
3.  The Natural World of the Taínos
4.  The Religious Cosmos of the Taínos
5.  The Manuscript of Ramón Pané
Part II.  The Taíno Creation Myth
6.  Two Tales of the Taíno Genesis
7.  Deminán: New Noah in a Promethean Odyssey
Part III.  The Hero Myth
8.  The Taíno Social Contract
9.  Sexual Wonder and Amazon Femininity
10.  The Vengeance of Time
Part IV.  The Interpretation of Taíno Mythology
11.  The Archetypes of the Taíno Cosmos
12.  Taíno Cemieism:  Coincidentia Oppositorum

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