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- DescriptionAccompanying Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1494 was a young Spanish friar named Ramon Pane. The friar's assignment was to live among the Indians whom Columbus had discovered on the island of Hispaniola (today the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic), to learn their language, and to write a record of their lives and beliefs. While the culture of these indigeus people-who came to be kwn as the Tai-is w extinct, the written record completed by Pane around 1498 has survived. This volume makes Pane's landmark Account-the first book written in a European language on American soil-available in an antated English edition. Edited by the ted Hispanist Jose Juan Arrom, Pane's report is the only surviving direct source of information about the myths, ceremonies, and lives of the New World inhabitants whom Columbus first encountered. The friar's text contains many linguistic and cultural observations, including descriptions of the Tai people's healing rituals and their beliefs about their souls after death. Pane provides the first kwn description of the use of the hallucigen cohoba, and he recounts the use of idols in ritual ceremonies. The names, functions, and attributes of native gods; the mythological origin of the aboriginal people's attitudes toward sex and gender; and their rich stories of creation are described as well.
- Author BiographyFray Ramon Pane, a self-described poor friar of the Order of Saint Jerome, arrived in Hispaniola with Christopher Columbus in 1494 where he spent the next two years living with and recording the lives of its indigenous inhabitants. Jose Juan Arrom is Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including Imaginacion del Nuevo Mundo.
- Author(s)Fray Ramon Pane
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1999
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleLatin America in Translation
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note3 maps
- Weight181 g
- Width3810 mm
- Height5969 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edited byJose Arrom
- Translated bySusan Griswold
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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