Compare and Contrast the Political Structure of the Taino, Mayan and Kalinago Essay

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Kalinagos They settled in: ▪ Brazil ▪ Guyana ▪ Venezuela ▪ Puerto Rico ▪ Lesser Antilles Appearance ▪ they were taller than the tainos ▪ brown in complexion ▪ they were stronger than the tainos ▪ painted their bodies with dye called ROUKOU ▪ the men wore jewellery ▪ the women wore bracelets called RASSHADA around their arms and legs Diet ▪ they made special pepper sauces made of pepper, lime juices and crab meat ▪ they were cannibals ▪ they didn’t eat pigs, salt and turtle Political Organization ▪ head men (Tiu Butuli Hathe) ▪ they were the head of the family ▪ the men lived in a house called carbet ▪ obuto (war leader) ▪ Pirage (canoe) Obuto They were assisted by the commanding chief (Ouboutou). He made few laws. Religion ▪ Moyaba – evil spirits ▪ Priest – boyez - has the power to ward off evil spirits - did sacrifices ▪ Believed in heaven and hell Mayas Mesoamerican- a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th century Spanish conquest. The Mayas were centered in one geometrical block. Yucatan Peninsula: ▪ Guatemala ▪ Belize ▪ Parts of Mexico (Tabasco & Chiapas) ▪ Honduras ▪ Salvador Religion They were polytheistic. The name of the priest was AhKin. He was the person who had decision over the rituals and festivals. He was also in charge of the calendar. Mayas had about 166 gods. Culture They tattooed their faces and bodies and painting their bodies. They flattened their foreheads. Induced crossed eyes. The women wore a dress called ‘cub’. They practiced monogamy. They were farmers and their main

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