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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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patty1943
Jun. 1st, 2017 04:01 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 04:13 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 04:26 pm (UTC)
Brick, I think!

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