SACRED CAVES:  
[cuevas sagradas]  
 
The ancestral Tainos emerged from one cave Cacibajagua, while the ancestors of the non-Taino came out of another cave, Amayauna.  Although Taino groups believe humans were created in two caves, doesn't necessarly mean that they were the same two caves; it is possible that each cacicazgo believed the creation of caves lay within its own territory. The cacicazgo of Higuey is full of caves and a great number of them are covered with petroglyhs.  The Chican cultural group (which is the precursor of the Classic Taino) developed in Higuey.  Caves are also homes to colonies of bats, which are the embodiment of the Opias (the soul or spirit of the dead).
AMAYAUNA: Caverna donde habitaban los que no tenian valor, los non-Taino.
  A=  art.      MA=  sin     YAUNA=   valor
CACIBAJAGUA: Caverna donde estaban los hombres
 
CACIBA=  cueva   JAGUA=  n. de arbol;  su fruto daba un tinte de color negro que los Indios usaban para pintarse.
GUACARA: means “birthplace”.    GUACA=  cave     RA=  birth
  Opiyel-guaobiran was the dog keeper of the door of the Guacara.
  Caves are homes to colonies of bats.
 
The Tainos believed that the spirits of the dead, the OPIA, remained hidden during the day but came out at night to eat the fruits of the guava tree. To do this the spirits transformed themselves into bats.
 
COAYBAY "the house and dwelling place of the dead" might have being entered thru the caves and into the underworld where the spirit of the ancestors and the dead resided.
IGUANABOINA: 1)
nombre de una cueva de donde salieron el Sol y la Luna y en donde se encontraban los cemis: BOINAYEL = BOINA (serpiente parda, por analogia las nubes cargadas de lluvia) y EL= hijo de MAROHU= MA: sin ARO:  nubes HU: dios.
  2)
as per Joseph Campbell, cave from where the Sun and the Moon rise to the sky.
    IGUANA=  serrated dorsal crest suggests the solar rays
    BOINA=  dark clouds with rain
    IGUANABOINA equals to Cave of the Radiant Iguana and Dark Serpent.
  3) en Guarani  MBOIUNA=   MBOI: cobra     UNA:  dark
JOBOBABA: 
la cueva donde estubieron encerrados el Sol y la Luna,  en ella habian dos cemis denominados:  BOINAEL y MAROHU
  JOBO=  n. of a tree         BABA=  ancestor
 
the JOBO is a hog plum tree that produces a sweet yellow fruit; it was very much appreciated by the Tainos and it is mentioned in their mythology several times.
YOBANABAINA: 
cueva de la cual salieron el Sol y la Luna.  Habia en ella dos cemis llamados
  BOINAEL y MAROYO/MAROHU..YOBANA=  Ser Supremo, Dios        BAINA=  cueva
DEITIES,  MYTHOLOGICAL   NAMES AND OTHER RELATED THEMES=
[ deidades, nombres mitologicos y otros temas relacionados ]
ATABEY, ATABEIRA, ATABINA, ATABA:
la madre de Dios, i.e.  (YUCAHU)
ATA=
principio, comienzo
BEI=
existencia
BEIRA=
existiendo, madre
ATABA=
principio, comienzo
MAMONA=
madre Luna    MA=  madre  MONA= la luna
GUACARAPITA=
GUACA: cueva    RAPITA:  Dios 
ELLA/YEYA/IYEYA= 
?
GUIMAZOA=
?
GUACAR=
GUA:  art.  CAR:  bueno; i.e.; goodness
YERMAO o YEMAO=
YER/YE: ?   MAO: cotton bid shield worn by the cacique;  i.e. protectress
APITO=
Dios
ZIUMACO=
?

 

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