The tribal art of Taino Indians became very popular in the world of tattoos in recent years, mainly because of their bold image. Because of its popularity is tempting to find a tattoo that you like or fits your character and simply decide on the tattoo. However if you are not only to paintings but you also interested in the background and you want a little more information about the Taino culture, history and meaning of their symbols to help you choose a design that is not only aesthetically, but also makes the statement that you will be proud of it when being transported.
Taino Indians indigenous to the Caribbean islands in the Great Antilles are consisting of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico`s inhabitants are called Boriken-borinquen.Westerners first saw the Taino Indians in 1492 when Christopher Columbus docked with the ship Santa Maria somewhere near today’s Dominican Republic. Arrival of Spaniards brought disease slavery and rebellion .Taino people, whose population declined from an estimated 50,000 to the total extinction in less than 40 years.
Taino society people did not write letters. Instead they had a language called Arawakan, which consisted of petroglyphs, artistic symbols that are written by the rocks.Such designs and symbols are also used for tattooing. Taino men had tattoos for spiritual purposes, and the women were wearing rings.Here is a list of the most important petroglyph:- Sun- Month- Water.Taino people had a rich mythology full of gods who ruled the earth and in heaven. These gods are represented in Taino art and symbolism.
To stay in the good graces of their gods, Taino people had to serve the yield of cassava bread beverages and tobacco.God Cohoba: is wearing plate with powder on his head that was used to stimulate hallucinations.Atabey: fertility goddess, great mother of gods. Another symbol used was a baby.Cacique: tribal leader and hunter.Gemini: the forces of nature are like night and day, hot and cold .Taino art at a glance looks like a children’s art, but drawing on the one hand it makes the beauty of this design. If combined with tribal designs you will achieve very original tattoo.
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