Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Taino and Mayan Goddess and Gods

I'v been working on this Compulation for some time, let me know what you think, more to come, Enjoy Esperanza


Atabei/x/y, Attabeira, Atabeyra, (Taino,Puerto Rico, las Antilles) - Primary Supreme being representing the four cardinal points. Unique Turtle women of fertility, beauty, rituals, music, and ceremonies; mother of twins Yúcahu (God of Yuca/ the sea and the mountains) and Juracán ( God of Hurricanes). She who gave birth to herself from all the elements , celestial Earth Mother Goddess of five names, Momona / Moon, Guacarapita / Infinite, Iella/ Omnipotent, Guabancex / thunder & lightning, Guimazoa / invisible energy moving the waters & tides.

Taino Prayer to the Mother Goddess / by tainoray

Bibi Atabey - Mother Atabey
Atte itabo era - Mother of Waters
Coaiba Mamona - Heavenly Mother of the Moon
Aturo aya wakia Itiba Cahubaba - Sister of our Ancient Bleeding Mother
Acona wakia Arawaka - Hear our Sacred People
Yemao waka waili - Protect our Children
Wakia Yari - Our Precious Jewels
Busica Waka Ketauri - Give us Life
Inaru-Matum - Generous Woman
Busica wakia Ahia Hu De - Give us your Blessing
Tai Ku Buya Han Han - Good Spirit Yes
Nabori Daca - I am your servant
Han Han Katu - So Be It

Guabancex (Taino,Puerto Rico) was the goddess of storms (hurricanes). Popular belief names Juracán as the god of storms but juracán was only the word for hurricane in the Taíno language. Guabancex had two assistants: Guataubá, a messenger who created hurricane winds, and Coatrisquie, who created floodwaters.

Yúcahu( Puerto Rico) In Quisqueya (Dominican Republic) called "Yucahú Bagua Maorocotí", which means "White Yuca, great and powerful as the sea and the mountains" which means spirit of cassava, was the god of cassava (the Taínos main crop) and the sea.

Baibrama was a god worshiped for his assistance in growing cassava and curing people from its poisonous juice.

Boinayel and his twin brother Márohu were the gods of rain and fair weather respectively

Maquetaurie Guayaba or Maketaori Guayaba was god of Coaybay, the land of the dead.

Opiyelguabirán, a dog-shaped god, watched over the dead.

Coatrischie, Tempest goddess. Antilles

Itiba Tahuvava, Great ancestor, birthing four sons by Caesarian who created the sea. Taino, Cuba and Caribbean


Alaghom Naom Tzentel, "Mother of the Mind", goddess of thought and intellect.

BACABS, The gods of the four points of the compass, who hold up the sky. The lords of the seasons.

CAMAZOTZ, Bat god, demon of the underworld.

CHAC,"Lightening," "the Cutter," "Lord of the nine generations." Rain god. One of the four Bacabs, the Lord of the East. Portrayed as a red man with a long nose. Revered particularly by farmers.

HUNAB KU or KINEBAHAN "Eyes and mouth of the sun." The Great God without Form, existing only in spirit. The chief god of the Mayan pantheon.

HURAKAN God of thunderstorms and the whirlwind. His name gave us the word "hurricane." At the behest of his friend Gucumatz, son of the Sun and the Moon, Hurakan created the world, the animals, men and fire.

ITZAMNA "Lizard House." Sky god and healer, son of Hunab Ku. Founder of the Mayan capital city of Mayapan. God of drawing and letters, patron of learning and the sciences. Itzamna can bring the dead back to life. His symbol is a red hand to which the ill pray for healing.

KUKULCAN "The Feathered Serpent." Serpent god. The city of Quirigua was dedicated to his service. Roughly similar to Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs. He is said to have built the great city fo Chicen Itza.

IX CHEL "Lady Rainbow" Consort of Itzamna. Goddess of the moon,of weaving and of medicine. Her hands and feet are claws, and there are snakes in her hair. Except for Hunab Ku, all the other gods are the progeny of Ix Chel an Itzamna.

IXTAB - Goddess who rules the paradise of the blessed, who are served magnificent food and drink in the shade of the tree Yaxche. For reasons cmopletely obscure, Ixtab is portrayed as a hanged woman with a noose around her neck.


a) Hurakan God of the Caribbean sea, b) Hurakan creative God of the Mayan Quiches

a) Opia - Spirit of the Dead Taino b) Opilla - Name of one of the Chacas Mayan

a) Coatrisque - Taino Goddess of the heavy rainfalls
b) Coatlique - Aztec Goddess of the Earth and pattern of the subterraneos rios

a) Mamona - Taino Goddess, Mother of Supreme God
b) Mamom - Mayan God, Grandfathers of the Supreme Gods

a) Itiba - Taino Goddess of the 4 Caracaracoles b) Ixtabai Mayan Goddess of the Gift

a) Atabey - Taino Goddess Mother of the Supreme God
b) Ahtabai - espiritus masculine Mayan, contraparte delas xtabai, that lives in the ceibas.

a) Yaya - God Taino of the deluge b) Giagia - Mayan God of the deluge

a) Yayael - son of Yaya the Taino God b) Giayalael - son of Giagia, the Mayan God

a) Savacu - God of the Caribbean ray b) Menzavac - God of pours and the Mayan ray

a) Coabey - paradise of the Taino dead
b) Xibalbay - paradise of the Mayan Cackchiquel dead

a) Guayaba - second name of the Taino God of the dead
b) Uuayayab - Mayan God of the dead

a) Cemi - Taíno religion centered on the worship of zemís or cemís. Cemís were either gods, spirits, or ancestors. b) Cimi - also means Mayan death in name of the God of the dead

a) Tona - children that become frogs in the Taino myth, being transformed by the sun
b) Tona - name of goddess Coatlique mother when it celebrates with the Tlaloques, Gods, frogs of rain

a) Corocote - Cemi Taino, father of the ninos that tenian two crowns in the head
b) Cocotl - Aztec asylum where they sacrifice ninos that tenian two remelinos in the head


  1. Hello!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful information on your site regarding Taino gods and goddesses. I am a writer working on a middle grade children's book. One of the themes of the book introduces Taino/Arawak cultural themes.

    It is in the genre of magic realism: a boy discovers a magical amulet left to his late Aunt Beatrice from a Jamaican archaeologist who'd discovered the amulet in a cave in Jamaica.

    The boy dreams of a bohuti who leads him to a cave where he discovers a story about a noble woman who requested for her tribe's bohuti to create a magic amulet for the protection of her warrior husband from the invaders. The amulet protects it's wearer from all attacks, which come in handy as the 12 year old protagonist has bullies tormenting him at school.

    I was wondering if I might send you my latest draft of my manuscript or the parts that deal with Arawak/Taino culture or themes. I want to make sure my usage of Taino terms and cultural information is accurate (the fictionally created amulet not withstanding) and respectful.

    I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide feedback and even suggestions so as to better my manuscript and do justice to the mention of Taino/Arawak culture.

    I was born in New York City and my parents are from Jamaica as are the parents of my protagonist, Corey. My Aunt Peggy has always claimed that our family has some Taino/Arawak ancestry and that has also found its way into my book.

    I appreciate any help you can give. Thank you!
    I hope to hear from you soon!
    Donn Swaby

    1. Yes sand me the story would love to review it