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Native Languages of the Americas:
Carib Indian Legends, Myths, and Stories
This is our collection of links to Carib folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American legends section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Caribs, the traditional stories of
other Caribbean tribes like the Arawak and
Taino tribes are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend a Carib legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
should be removed, please let us know.
This is the name of the great Creator god of the Carib tribe. His name means "the Ancient One"
and is pronounced tah-moh-see; sometimes the longer name Tamosi Kabutana or Tamosi Kabo-Tano
is used ("Ancient One of the Sky.") Tamosi is not personified in Carib myth and
indeed is said never to have been seen by mortal man.
A benevolent transformer-type demigod who shapes the world for the Caribs and teaches them
how to live. In some Carib stories he is known as Sigu or Sigoo and considered to be the
son of Tamosi; in others, he has a twin brother named Vochi who helps him in his work.
(also spelled Makunaima, Makonaima, Piai, Piai'ima, and other ways):
These are Carib culture heroes, twin sons of the Sun who help humankind
by ridding the land of monsters. However, in some Carib traditions, the name Makunaima is instead
used as an alternate name for Tamosi. "Macunaima" means "he works by night" and "Pia" means
An evil spirit that possesses people and causes them to turn into deadly animals and/or go into a murderous rage. Assassins, or
Carib people seeking revenge for a slain relative, sometimes invited the Kanaima spirit into themselves by
taking certain drugs or conducting certain magic rituals.
Legends of the Caribs:
Collection of Carib legends and folktales.
Animism and Folklore of the Guiana Indians:
Online book of Arawak, Witoto, and Carib mythology.
The First People:
Carib legends about Tamosi Kabo-tano, Amalivaca, and the beginning of civilization.
Recommended Books on Carib Mythology
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Story of the violent animistic traditions of Kanaima among the Caribs of the Guiana highlands.
Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture:
An interesting book comparing traditional Arawak, Carib, and Guarani stories.
Carib religion and expressive traditions
Books of Native American lore
Native American shamanism
Native American tribes information
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