The Andean Culture of the Collas
From: "The Eagle and The Jaguar" - By Antonio
The precedence of the Taino culture is reaffirmed when we examine the
following customs acquired from the Colla tribe. Any theory stating
that the Taino is a descendant of the Arawaks is completely discarded
with these findings, and other revelations.
1. When a child was born, the Tainos tied a wooden piece to the baby’s
head to deform his skull. This ritual, inherited from the Incas, was
also performed by the peoples of Tenochtitlan and Copan. The Arawaks
never performed this ritual.
2. Ceremonial Burial: This ritual consisted of burying their dead in a
fetal position, together with some of his possessions, which the
deceased would carry into the better life. The Arawaks cremated their
dead, and made a beverage from their ashes, which they drank.
3. The Tainos majestic agricultural and surveying skills inherited
from the Collas, as fray Bartolome de las Casas quoted: "To see them
working the land, is a wonder". The Arawaks never farmed their lands,
even when the missionary priests tried to teach them, they hardly
developed any farming skills at all.
4. The Taino ceremonial sport, The game of the Batey, was also part of
the Taino rituals. Played in rectangular courts surrounded by
monoliths, aligned with the solar equinoxes. The Arawaks had a lesser
version of this game.
5. The handcrafting of stone, wood, bones, and shells, was never
developed by the Arawaks, with such majesty as the Tainos did. For
example: the Taino’s travelling canoes, 90 feet long, accommodating 150
people, crafted with "unsurpassed beauty", as Fray Bartolome de las
6. Another example are the Taino percussion instruments, one of them
called the Mayohuacan, sacred tambour. If we compare it with the
Aztec’s drum, the Teponzatle, both have the same acoustic design. For
both cultures, it meant "the voice of the gods".
7. The majestic ceremonial dance, the Areyto Taino, with it’s
choreographies (dances), and choralogephies (chants), had distinctive names which gave
these tribal rituals a regional definition, like the "Areyto of the Magua", and
the "Areyto Anacaona". The Arawaks never celebrated these rituals with
8. There was a ceremony celebrated by the Colla tribe, where the
single males dressed with the female dress, the nagua. In this ritual,
they asked the moon for a wife. The Tainos also celebrated this
ritual. It is to be noted that the Spaniards, when seeing an Indian
dressed with nagua, thinking that they were homosexuals, released
their pack of dogs and killed them.
9. The cohoba ritual, where the Tainos inhaled an hallucinogenic dust
from the cohoba tree, was used to communicate with the gods. This
ritual was also inherited from the ancient Andean tribes of the
Collas. The Arawaks never performed this ritual.
10. The Taino wedding ceremonies, by tying a knot among their wedding
clothes, symbolizing the myth of the marriage among the two moons of
Venus (as the myth states), was also celebrated by the Andean tribes,
not so with the Arawak people.
11. Finally, Juan C. Zamora’s linguistic research: Indigenisms
of the Conquistadore's Language, totally discards any Arawak influence
in the Taino tribe. In this study, it was found that the Taino
language was influenced by:
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All these are just a few indications to convince us that the Taino was
a direct descendant of the Collas and not the Arawaks (Tribe from the
Amazon's Orinoco River).