Cohoba


The Cohoba Ritual:
The Tainos had a magical-religious ceremony in which they consulted with a cemi or with the principal God, Yocaju (Yocaju bagua maracote.) On the left is the idol or cemi of the cohoba in the form of Yocaju as the God of Fire. The Tainos put cohoba powder, a potent hallucinogen which was sniffed from the flat surface. in either its pure form or mixed with tobacco or lime. At the right, a Medicine Man inhaling cohoba.


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