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The Colonizers

The buhuitihu or Shaman was the main officiating of this ceremony. Tainos cemies or their gods were in the sky, which they called Turey, being the cohoba medium so buhuitihus and principal men of the tribe could communicate with those deities. As part of the ceremony was played music with maracas and drums that helped create the suitable environment for the State of trance. The hallucinogenic powder used in this ceremony were called by the tainos cohoba and constituted him the seeds of a tree which were sprayed and shells of burned conch powders were added to them. The ceremony of cohoba began by introducing a tool called vomica spatula, deeply through the mouth to produce vomiting to make the fast something purer yet and have the body clean before communicating with the gods. These spatulas were made from wood or ribs of Manatee and decorated very beautifully. Participants in the rite of cohoba they embraced a ritual apposition consisting of squat is and put your arms on his knees, this position was facilitated by the duhos which were a few low banquets and very well carved, considered one of the most beautiful expressions of Taino art, were made in mahogany, guayacan, or other precious woods, almost always were carvings representing human or animal forms. The cemies are statues made of wood, stone or cotton representing the different gods of the Taino mythology.

Many cemies are in the largely ceremonial position of cohoba as indicators of the position to be taken by participants of the same. The areitos were dances and legendary songs used to transmit from generation to generation the mythical stories that formed the Taino religion. Their musical instruments were the cane flute, the drums, and a kind of harp that formed with a rope and a flexible rod. After the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, Indians were forced to plunge the Catholic religion, to learn the Spanish language, and even work as slaves for the colonizers, so, little by little, the identity Taino until disappearing unto the same natives, because of abuse and physical abuse to which men were exposed was losingwomen and children, without distinction.