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  • n. Any of various local deities, human or animal and represented by small idols, once worshipped by the Caribbean peoples of the Taino culture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiar kind of image or idol, carved to represent some animal or the human form, found among the aboriginal inhabitants of the islands of the West Indies. They were usually of stone, and are still found occasionally on the islands. They are supposed to represent the ancestor or tutelary god of the clan.


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  • The Taino zemi or sacred sculpture, associated with the deity of the Underworld looked like a dog.

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  • Wild discovered postholes and unusually tidy layers of objects associated with the Taino elite, zemi-related artifacts, and broken ceremonial vessels with what appear to be food offerings.

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  • His father, in times long preceding the discovery, having fasted for five days, according to their superstitious observances, applied to his zemi, or household deity, for information of things to come.

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  • Every chief had his zemi, carved in stone or wood, as a tutelary genius, to whom he addressed his prayers and who had a temple of his own.

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  • (Nakrmte děti) reaguje na neštěstí Američanů postižených ztrátou zaměstnání po celé zemi


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  • (Mayan), a supernatural being; chaac (Mayan), a native god; chacmol, chacmool (Mayan), a native god; kanaima (Nahuatl), an evil spirit; zemi (Taino), ` spirit or fetish '; and zip (Mayan), a god.

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  • Anyone working on a list of folk beliefs or mythological figures?

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