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Snapshots

  1. Shaman inhaling cohoba

    Snapshot Title: Shaman inhaling cohoba
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    When the Taíno used cohoba, a hallucinogen, they inhaled the powder through the nose through a long tube while seated in a low stool called a duho. This practice was associated with healing as well a...



  2. Odd anthropomorph

    Snapshot Title: Odd anthropomorph
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    Unique figure among all the Taíno anthropomorphs discovered to date, particularly in the arrangement its arms. Note too the stylized shaman to the left with bent arms inhaling cohoba.



  3. Birds

    Snapshot Title: Birds
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    After anthropomorphs birds are the most frequently represented figures in Taíno rock art. In some Taíno myths a person who is discovered outside of his cave is turned into either stone or into a bir...



  4. Cemié

    Snapshot Title: Cemié
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    Possibly a depiction of a cemié, one of the Taíno gods. The Taíno carved cemiés from stone and wood; one has been found in the form of a human doll made of woven cotton and enclosing a human skull...



  5. Turtles

    Snapshot Title: Turtles
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    Turtles were associated with fertility and maternity in the Taíno belief system.



  6. Hutia

    Snapshot Title: Hutia
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    In the case of many pictographs it is difficult to determine the species being depicted. With its ears and long tail, this one may be of a monkey. Although extinct on Hispaniola today there is evidenc...



  7. Deminán Caracaracol

    Snapshot Title: Deminán Caracaracol
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    This panel seems to depict, in part, a transcription by Fray Ramón Pané of the myth of Deminán Caracaracol, who had a sticky wad of cohoba, a hallucinogen, spat on his back. His back swelled until ...



  8. The Sling

    Snapshot Title: The Sling
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    There are more images like this that seem to be of two people carrying a third person or an animal slung between them. It was previously theorized that these motifs represented transporting a dead ani...



  9. Barkless Dog

    Snapshot Title: Barkless Dog
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    Dogs were present here in pre-Columbian times. Early Spanish arrivals reported that the dogs were mute and that they helped the Taíno hunt hutia, large rodents somewhat resembling guinea pigs. Note t...



  10. The Twins

    Snapshot Title: The Twins
    Taken by: danduva

    Image: Twilight zone cave paintings, Hoyo de Sanabe, Dominican Republic #3
    Image Owner: rmark



    Description:

    Perhaps a depiction of Siamese twins. Twins play a large role in the mythology of the Caribbean as well as in South America. Frequently a “good twin” is contrasted with a “bad twin”. In Taíno...