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Legendary Native American Figures: Piai (Pia)

Name: Piai
Tribal affiliation: Carib
Alternate spellings: Pia, Piai'ima
Pronunciation: pee-eye
Type: Creator god, medicine spirit, magical twin

In some Carib traditions, Piai is the twin brother of the god Makunaima. They are said to be sons of the Sun. Piai is the father of medicine, and his name has come to mean "medicine man" in many Cariban languages.

Piai Stories

*The Sun, the Frog, and the Fire-Sticks:
    A Guyanese Carib legend about Pia and his twin brother Makunaima.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture:
    An interesting compilation of traditional Arawak, Carib, and Guarani stories.
Guyana Legends: Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians:
    Good collection of Cariban and Arawakan mythology from Guyana.

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Additional Resources

 A Carib Grammar and Dictionary
 Carib story
 Carib language
 Carib guide
 Languages of Suriname
 Caribbean languages
 The Caribans



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