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Legendary Native American Figures: Piai (Pia)
Tribal affiliation: Carib
Alternate spellings: Pia, Piai'ima
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
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.
A Carib Grammar and Dictionary
Languages of Suriname
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