Zemi

For the Tainos, the Zemi was a central figure in their religion. Crafted from wood, stone, coral or even cotton, the Zemi was considered a spirit that was fed and worshipped daily and was a symbol of the gods. Each Zemi had its own name, personality and powers on the people who owned them.

Vegetable Peeler

The Taino used a vegetable peeler for scraping and cutting food and vegetables. The wider end was used for scraping and cutting, while the other end remained smooth because it was the section that was held.

Three Point Zemi

 

Zemis used by the Tainos took many forms but the most charcteristically art form is the three point stone Zemi. One side of the stone might have a human or animal head with the opposite having hunched legs.

 

Taino Urn with Bones/ Taino Bowl (burial)

While the Tainos used bowls in preparation of meals,bowls such as these containing some animal bones (jaw,teeth and long bones) suggest that it may have been used for burial purposes.

Arrow heads

Arrow heads were made from flint and were used for fishing, hunting or as a weapon. The flint was only used by Taino men.

Spatula for Vomiting

The vomiting spatulas were sticks made from wood, bone or shell that the Taino used to induce vomiting or to empty their stomachs before praying. They believed in purifying( cleaning) themselves before worshipping their gods.

Metate and Mano

Metate were slabs of rock that were carved and were used with hand grinders or manos to grind corn, meat or vegetables. Hand grinders were pieces of rock which were shaped inĀ  such a manner that they were able to crush meat, corn and other vegetables.

Taino Amulet/ Pendant

The Taino loved to adorn their bodied with ornaments which were made from a variety of material such as stone, shell, bones, feathers, silver, gold and animal teeth. These amulets/pendants were used as talismans and were worn around the the forehead and neck to protect the wearer during warfare as well as from evil spirits and omens.

Taino Clay Bowl

The Tainos used the clay bowl to cook. They also ate their meals from them. The Taino clay bowl had a characteristic boat shape.

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