Petroglyphs and Pictographs

"Petroglyphs were another means of picturing zemis*. They occur in caves, on natural outcrops of stone …"

Irving Rouse (1992) The Tainos. p. 118

 

"The classic Tainos are said to have decorated their pottery, ornaments, and other artifacts with the figures of zemis and to have painted or tatooed them on their bodies. In addition they carved or painted outlines of the natural spirits in places where they believed them to live, especially in caves and on rocks along streams or coasts."

Ibid. p. 14

 

* "The term zemi was applied not only to the deities themselves but also to idols and fetishes that represented them … "

Ibid. p. 13

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