Museum Cast Of Original Shaman Manatee Bone Purging Stick, Taino Culture 1000 Ad For SaleTiano Purge Bone RARE, STRIKING, and VERY UNUSUAL
A Direct Museum Quality Cast of an
PURGING BONE or VOMIT STICK
Originally Carved from the Rib Bone of a Manatee
from the TAINO Culture of Dominican Republic
and other Caribbean Islands
circa 1000 to 1500 AD
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NOTE: PRICE IS
FOR THE TAINO PURGING BONE ONLY.
The CUSTOM FITTED STEEL STAND IS OPTIONAL, see below.
Location: Dominican Republic and other Caribbean Islands
Time: c. 1,000 to 1,500 AD
PURGING or VOMIT BONE
During certain ceremonies, the Taino would induce vomiting with a swallowing or vomit stick such as this. The purpose was to purge the body of impurities, both a literal physical purging and a symbolic spiritual purging. This beautifully piece was originally carved from the rib bone of a manatee, an animal much revered by the natives. The head is exquisitely carved in the form of a cayman, a close relative of the alligator and powerful spirit. The Taino respected all forms of life and recognized the importance of giving thanks as well as honoring ancestors and spiritual beings whom they called Cemi. The back of this piece is carved with a powerful animistic god-like or ancestor figure underneath which is carved what appears to be a god's eye image. Original pieces such as this are extremely rare and to our knowledge none have ever previously been replicated.
The Taino Culture evolved from an ancient tribal culture that had colonized Puerto Rico about 8,000 years ago. The Taino Culture began about 2,500 years ago. They developed a specialized relationship with this island. They cultivated Yucca and had a long special squeezing basket technique to extract the cyanide poison, powder the extracted pulp in wooden mortars and store it for weeks. They also developed a large special basket to sink on the coral reefs to catch fish. They knew how to follow the terns and other sea birds that fished for small schools of fish that were herded by the numerous tuna. An even easier catch was the large conch shells that grazed on the shallow beds of sea grass. Huge middens of shells surround the island. At spectacularly beautiful Phosphorescent Bay, bioluminescence was used to catch fish. Leatherback turtle eggs were a seasonal delicacy, as were the forest crabs who ventured from the sea after the rains into the forests for fruit.
The numerous limestone caves on portions of this geologically complex island were used for sacred rituals and perhaps shelter from the hurricanes, a word coined by the Taino. The Tiano had a special relationship with the sky, sea, earth, forest and the underworld along the lines of the Mayans. The less rich Environment of the islands also lacked the corn and other specialties of the Mayans. The Taino are now known to have built quite large stone ceremonial centers, but no pyramids as found in in the Yucatan and Central America. They also used hallucinogenic drugs, but from different sources than the Central Americans, which revered the Tree of Life, mushrooms, olilioqui and other plants. The Taino's sacred drugs were probably brought along from South America, where the South Americans are still known to practice similar ancient sacred rituals. Unfortunately, the Taino numbering almost a million, were almost completely wiped out by the Spanish within fifty years and little trace remains of their old native culture and villages.
and the PURGING BONE:
Throughout the ancient Americas, rulers and shamans used hallucinogens to connect with the spirits of the other world. Only those in touch with the supernatural realm could heal the sick, predict the future, ensure the fertility of the world, and resolve the larger problems of existence. Natural hallucinogens were regarded by pre-Colombian cultures as sacred and endowed with inherent force. Their preparation and ingestion were associated with elaborate rituals, and they were consumed only by people considered to have sufficient power to communicate with the spirits and ancestors who dwelled in the other world.
The most important sacred substance for the Taino was cohoba, a psychoactive powder ground from the seeds of trees native to South America and the Caribbean. The Taino sometimes mixed cohoba with Tobacco to maximize its effect. Taino shamans took cohoba to cure illnesses for individual patients and to ensure the well being of the community. Caciques took cohoba to communicate with zemies (spirits and ancestors); they acted as the primary intermediaries between people and the supernatural realm. Before ingesting such hallucinogenic mixtures, caciques and shamans fasted and purged themselves with vomiting spatulas of wood and bone in order to consume the "pure foods" of the spirits. Then, they inhaled their concoctions from small vessels and trays, using delicately carved snuffers of wood and bone.
The Taino believed it was possible to travel
to the supernatural realm during cohoba-induced trances. One of the
strongest psychoactive substances used in the pre-Colombian world, cohoba
is still taken by shamans in the Amazon Basin of South America. The
effects of cohoba make the user see the world in an inverted way;
people, animals, and objects appear upside down; movements and gestures
are reversed; and perceptions are marked by constantly shifting shapes
and kaleidoscopic colors. Everything is the opposite and the inverse
of the here and now, intensely colored, and completely mutable. Many
Taino works associated with the cohoba ceremony, especially the
vomiting spatulas, are exquisitely carved with fierce animals, upside-down
images, and skeletal figures from the other world. Thus such instruments
are completely unique in all of pre-Columbian art.
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tall x 1 1/2" wide x 3/4"
Material: Simulated bone (Calcium enriched dental resin)
This reproduction was molded directly from the original Taino bone vomit stick using a unique, patent pending technology which exactly duplicates the object without risking direct contact. This guarantees the safety and integrity of the original antiquity while permitting an exact duplicate to be produced. The technique perfectly reproduces the original piece down to it's finest features. Unlike other reproduction techniques, no modern reinterpretation or recarving of the piece was necessary. The original artifact is currently in a private collection and was reproduced by Echoes In Time under exclusive agreement with the owners.
The reproduction was individually handmade
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