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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.

Comments

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.

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