Thursday, 22 December 2016


The accepted Taino representation of Yocahu, but they think it is based on the mountain shape

Every one of those pieces of paper above & behind the sacred flame has the photo, name and written prayer for all those I have been asked to pray for, the single candle flame becomes broad and rounded triangular when I am praying for someone who is going to be healed....if their ailment was meant for them to experience and endure no prayer can lift it from the bearer, the Creator's will - will always be done.

'TAINO'...or 'LOKONO'?
There is a good chance my info will be stolen by others who will pretend that they are the sources of this info, but it is worth sharing anyway, one cannot worry about all the dishonest people in the world who like to take credit for your knowledge, or you would say or do nothing and censor yourself.
Here is an insight you might not ever hear from anyone else, but like the Taino, the Lokono traditionally believed in two powerful spiritual entities LONG BEFORE they ever heard of a religion called Christianity (so this good & evil duality was nothing 'new' to us), many books written by Europeans said the Tainos called the good entity 'Yocahu' and they say it was represented by the shape below, and that the inspiration for this shape was the 'sacred mountain'.......but I think they are wrong...for many reasons, firstly, the Taino and Lokono were once the same people over 5,000 years ago (this is why of ALL the native languages on Earth Lokono is closest to Taino), the ones who stayed in the north-east of mainland south America were recognized by Europeans as calling themselves Lokono (they had to, as we are still living culturally intact to this day with Chiefs over our tribal villages and territories).....but the Europeans wrote in books that the ones who settled the islands of the 'Mar del Caribe' (as the Spaniards wrote it) called themselves 'Taino'.....yet Columbus himself said the alleged 'Taino' in the Bahamas called themselves 'Lukayo' I the only one who sees that for a European to almost get the phonetic sounding of a foreign language name so close as 'Lukayo' to 'Lokono' is no coincidence....furthermore the 'Lukayo' were able to fluently speak the same 'Taino' language as the Amerindians of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto-Rico & Jamaica)....but not fluently with the Kalinago of the islands we now call the 'Virgin Islands' to the East of 'Puerto-Rico (a language that is a blend of mainland Kalina 'Carib' and 'Lokono).
NB - Even up to just over 150 years ago people (and ALL through history before) were recording other people's names 'as it sounded to them' you could get one chronicler/census scribe (just for example) writing about 'Damond' Corrie, another about 'Daymon Corry', and another about 'Daman Curry' - yet all 3 of them were really talking about ONE man called 'Damon Corrie' (which you might never realize if you did not know that this was the case in those times).
Let me pause here and go over a few additional points:
Traditional Lokonos centuries ago before the arrival of Christian missionaries - called the good entity (the Creator) 'Yowahu' (see how close it is to 'Yocahu' of the 'Tainos') and it was the 'Creator God who dwells in fire', and every major religion has stories of this good God appearing to them as a fire (remember the tongues of fire that descended on to the heads of the disciples when Jesus left them) or IN a fire (remember the burning bush that spoke to Moses)....BUT because Christianity ALSO has this belief about Hell being a 'lake of fire' and the evil God (Christians call Satan) as being a resident of this lake of fire...the first Christians to begin forcibly converting & brainwashing our peoples convinced them that 'all fire is evil' so therefore our 'Creator God who dwelt in fire' must be 'the devil' (and therefore our spirituality was 'pagan' or 'heathen' etc.).....and so the new forcibly brainwashed generation of 'Christianised Lokono' created a new word to use as a name for the Creator God - and they began to call it 'Awa Adayali' which means 'Heavenly father' (which ANYONE can see was inspired by Christian indoctrination - as they like to refer to the Creator God as their 'Heavenly father')....only the Lokono who still follow our ancient ancestral spirituality will tell you these things, because only we know these secrets passed down by oral tradition, the 'Christianised Lokono' of today will tell you now that 'Yocahu' is Satan or some Evil being; and only 'Awa Adayahuli' is the 'true' name for God....forgive them for they know not what they say or do anymore, such 'imitation Europeans' have they become after centuries of Church control over their minds....I challenge them to heal on-the-spot even a simple thing like nasal congestion (even my teen aged daughter can do that) - if what I say is false - and what they say is true...the Creator will show who has access to his power and who does not by a live demonstration - for actions speak louder than words.
Furthermore, no Lokono elder I have EVER spoken to has EVER referred to 'Tainos', they always talked about 'What the Europeans did to our people in the islands' - and they will shed tears talking about it to this day.... how the Spaniards (admitted to by their OWN records) fed our babies alive to their Mastiff dogs among other heinous atrocities (as Grandfather Cuthbert Simon did on many occasions with me) is not traditional Lokono who have artificially divided our people into 'Taino' and 'Lokono' was Europeans...but more and more Tainos are realizing this when they listen to the facts I offer them that no-one else is.
I am also going to tell you that the mountain is NOT the shape represented in the triple round ended 'triangular' representations & effigies of is the shape that is taken on by the sacred flame when you (as a follower of traditional Lokono spirituality) use pure Tobacco (Yuri) to pray for the higher good or healing of others...your single flame splits into 3 and then merges into this shape 'when the Creator's presence is with you for the duration of your prayers' (then you know the next day you will get news that whatever good you prayed for for others has come to pass)....remember too, Yowahu is the 'Creator God who dwells in fire'...not 'the Creator God who dwells in the Mountain'...although all significant geographical features are considered sacred.
Additionally, I will tell you - as further examples of how many 'Taino' words and names that are actually Lokono words or have Lokono origins:
Bahaya ('Bahamas') = 'dangerous place' (if you were like our people and had to navigate the almost annually hurricane-prone seas of the Bahamas in a canoe barely much higher than the waves every Hurricane season (which covered about half of every year). Columbus ALSO said the natives of the Bahamas told him they were sometimes attacked by tribes (maybe Tekesta?) coming from the direction of what we now call Florida - and many showed him terrible scar wounds on their bodies from surviving these attacks.
Tikahanali ('Guanahani') = 'Place where people have drowned', this is how we name places for posterity up to this day, for whatever noteworthy occurred there...on Pakuri Lokono Territory in Guyana today for example there is an otherwise unremarkable area on the Savanna we call 'Bruk-pot'...why? Because broken pottery was found there...that is all, but it was noteworthy enough to become the new name EVERYONE forever after referred to this you can see why Tikahanali island got it's name....just like how hunters once saw a place on Pakuri LONG AGO that had a huge herd of deer - so the hunter named the place 'Koyara-Kobani' - which means 'Deer Farm'...but go there now and you might never see a single deer...still, the name given to it from a noteworthy event ONCE long ago has remained forever.
Aiti ('Haiti') = 'a place of sorrow' (the new name we gave to this area after the first massacres of us by Spaniards...and it certainly has remained a magnet of misfortune for everyone from that time to now, the French were right when they said they 'gave the land back it's native name'...they just had no clue what the word 'Aiti' means in our would be better if they changed the name now....they are literally keeping a name that literally means 'a place of sorrow' and it has been self-fulfilling to that name ever since.
Kamunaika (Jamaica - which Spanish speakers pronounce as 'Hamaika' anyway) - it means 'A place that has no riches' (such as Gold for example - which as you know the Spaniards were obsessed and always asking us about and where they could find it).
Hamaka (Hammock)
Kanoa (Dug out tree trunk wooden Canoe)
Hikori (Jicotea - pronounced 'Hikotea' by Spanish speakers anyway) Tortoise/Turtle
Iwana (Iguana - still pronounced 'Iwana' by some Spanish speakers) the large terrestrial or arboreal edible lizard.
Siba-lokoni (Ciboney) which means 'people who live in caves', the 'Ciboney' did not call themselves this name, it was the name the Lokonos who encountered cave dwelling humans called them (since Lokono build their own houses and never lived in caves).
Bimichi (Kolibri) which means Hummingbird.
Konaino ('Taino') it just means 'natives' (as in 'the first people living in this place')
Bahioho = traditional village or town, one house is a 'Bahi' not a 'Bohio'

Semi (not Zemi) - it just means a holy object, and a Semichichi is a 'holy man' or 'Shaman' 

It is ALSO worthy to note that UNLIKE most Amazonian tribes, the Lokono always had a traditional hereditary leadership system, where ONE family led the village by birthright (but not strictly father-to-son, it could be father to brother or uncle to nephew as well etc. the main thing that someone that exhibited the necessary qualities & spiritual gifts from childhood - who was willing, popular and able from one related bloodline - was always the leader of the it was with my own maternal ancestors from my Great grandmothers father - the last Hereditary Chief of our particular Clan of Lokono (the Eagle Clan/Bariria Korobahado) back through time for centuries before.
The Taino ALSO kept this Hereditary system of leadership that was the way of the Lokono.   

Even the very name of the 'Caribbean' is from the Lokono word WE use to describe it...'Kairibe' (phonetic rendering = Ka-ree-bay) which literally means 'The islands'....and we ALL know that the Spanish pronounce 'Caribe' phonetically as 'Ka-ree-bay' when you see an old Spanish map that says 'Mar del Caribe' - it DOES not mean 'Sea of the Carib' just means Sea of 'the islands'.
Kairi = One island, Kairibe meaning 'Islands' pluralize a non human noun by adding the suffix 'be' (pronounced 'bay') in the Lokono language.....but you pluralize a human noun by adding the suffix 'no'...hence one person of our tribe is a Loko (which means 'person'), but more than one person of our tribe is 'Lokono' (which means 'people' or 'the people' if referring to the whole tribe).
It is my belief and understanding that YES the Lokono who migrated into the Kairi-be (islands) did encounter and incorporate new words when they intermarried and absorbed 'Ciboney' women into their own culture, we also know they traded with Central American and North American tribes (so no reason that they did not intermarry with them too) for thousands of years - so lots of room for the Genetic and linguistic additions/changes we see to the original Loko language by the time European Spaniards came after 1492 and wrote down ALL the 'Taino' info you read today in historical 'Taino' wrote any of why are some people fiercely defending European assumptions and 2nd/3rd/4th hand records as if they are '100% true and accurate'....and attacking me for simply saying 'yes you changed somewhat after you left the main body of our people in Amazonia 5,000 years ago, but you are STILL more closely related to LOKONO than any other people alive - genetically AND is you who are perpetuating the separation and mental & cultural distancing of yourselves from your roots, not us. To US you will always be our brothers, sisters & cousins, the 'Island Lokono' who told the Spaniards you were Konaino ('the natives') of the islands... but the Spaniards wrote the word they thought they heard you say as 'Taino' instead.
Some argue that 'Taino' is the real name, and it means 'good people'....but my argument is ' I have NEVER heard of another tribe in all of Amazonia who's name for themselves - when translated into English means anything other than 'the people' IS possible such a self description as 'good people' exists...I am just telling you it would be the exception to the rule (and I never heard such as yet in all my travels throughout Amazonia). Every person in every tribe tends to think to themselves in their own minds that their own tribe are good or 'better human beings' than other tribes....but we do not actually give that official name to ourselves so it seems unlikely....that is all I am saying.
I do not have the time or space to give you any more facts to support my argument that Taino are really modified/advanced Lokono here, it will be in the book I am writing, and no idea when it will become available so don't ask me.

1 comment:

  1. Takaji Guaitio,
    Thank you for such important and interesting information. Most of us do see the Lokono as our close relatives. May the sacred hoop continue to heal.