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By José Juan Pané,José Juan Arrom,Susan C. Pané

Accompanying Columbus on his moment voyage to the recent global in 1494 used to be a tender Spanish friar named Ramón Pané. The friar’s task was once to dwell one of the “Indians” whom Columbus had “discovered” at the island of Hispaniola (today the island shared by way of Haiti and the Dominican Republic), to benefit their language, and to jot down a list in their lives and ideology. whereas the tradition of those indigenous people—who got here to be often called the Taíno—is now extinct, the written checklist accomplished by means of Pané round 1498 has survived. This quantity makes Pané’s landmark Account—the first publication written in a eu language on American soil—available in an annotated English edition.

Edited by way of the famous Hispanist José Juan Arrom, Pané’s record is the one surviving direct resource of knowledge in regards to the myths, ceremonies, and lives of the hot global population whom Columbus first encountered. The friar’s textual content includes many linguistic and cultural observations, together with descriptions of the Taíno people’s therapeutic rituals and their ideals approximately their souls after demise. Pané presents the 1st identified description of using the hallucinogen cohoba, and he recounts using idols in ritual ceremonies. The names, features, and attributes of local gods; the mythological foundation of the aboriginal people’s attitudes towards intercourse and gender; and their wealthy tales of construction are defined as well.

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