The braids of the virgin: Taino roots of the early cult of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Cuba
Since her discovery in Cuban waters in 1611, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (The Virgin of Charity) has become the leading transnational religious symbol for Cubans. The oldest stories about the appearance of La Virgen in Cuba suggest the presence of Cuban Taino in the early years of her cult. Yet historians have minimized Taino influence when examining Cuba's sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, pivotal years in the cult's development. This thesis demonstrated the significant role of the Taino in the formation of the early cult of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, by employing revisionist historiography to the years between 1492 and 1687, to better understand the demographics and religious culture of Eastern Cuba, where the cult originated. It also found specific contributions from Taino religious culture in the myths, beliefs, and material culture associated with the early cult of La Virgen.
Religious history|Latin American history|Folklore|Archaeology
Poviones-Bishop, Maria del Pilar, "The braids of the virgin: Taino roots of the early cult of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Cuba" (2002). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1412274.