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Juracán







Here's something I just learned:
According to some of the chroniclers, particularly Pané and Las Casas, the Amerindians from Hispaniola recognized the existence of an eminently benevolent being. His name has been spelled in different ways, but in Puerto Rico it is commonly written as Yuquiyú. There was also a furious and malevolent being known as Juracán, from whose name the word hurricane is derived, which denotes the Caribbean's extraordinarily destructive storms.
--Fernando Picó, History of Puerto Rico: A Panorama of Its People (Princeton: Marcus Wiener Publishers, 2006), 17.

Coincidentally, we had some fantastical clouds prior to a thunderstorm today. The clouds looked Jovian:

wild clouds

clouds

This entry was originally posted at http://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/852332.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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zyzyly
Jun. 1st, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
that is so interesting. I love cool word origins.
asakiyume
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:07 am (UTC)
Me too! I was delighted to learn this.
puddleshark
Jun. 1st, 2017 10:58 am (UTC)
I never knew that about the word hurricane... How wonderful!

Amazing clouds. If I had a long way still to walk, I'd be looking up at them nervously.
asakiyume
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:07 am (UTC)
Agreed! Fortunately I was very close to my house
sartorias
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:07 am (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty awesome!
asakiyume
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:12 am (UTC)
wakanomori got some lovely pictures after the storm, including this rainbow
sartorias
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:22 am (UTC)
That is spectacular! It looks like a double!
patty1943
Jun. 1st, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
I always wonder if the Europeans who believed in a supreme deity asked and asked until they got one, or interpreted a particular one as "god" or if the natives actually did. Is it a semantic problem or a creation?
asakiyume
Jun. 1st, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
I wonder too! Picó writes, " One must remember that chroniclers, to whom we owe these and other references, attempted to explain Amerindian religious practices by comparing them with Christian religious elements, in order that their sixteenth century readers could understand them. One must be particularly aware of the desire of Ls Casas and other religious to demonstrate a convergence between indigenous and Christian beliefs." --so yeah: we have to take it all with a grain or brick or two of salt.

Edited at 2017-06-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
patty1943
Jun. 1st, 2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
Brick, I think!
pigshitpoet
Jun. 1st, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
strange clouds
haarp?

i wonder what the clouds in 'the cloud' (computer online server) look like, are they too shaped like a hurricane?

i enjoyed the quote!

Neil Young - Live in Berlin 1982.Like A Hurricane



; )

Edited at 2017-06-02 02:41 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Jun. 2nd, 2017 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: strange clouds
Hahaha, yep.
yamamanama
Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:27 am (UTC)
That sky looks really threatening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzbSSL1fT4Q
New Atlas Lab album on July 14.
asakiyume
Jun. 2nd, 2017 02:50 pm (UTC)
I listened on bandcamp! I got notification because of having bought stuff from them before.
yamamanama
Jun. 2nd, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
That's cool. I didn't buy their album on Bandcamp so I only found out when I saw the video on Youtube.
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