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Discover Cemi Museum

In the traditional Taino Indian culture, the cemi is a deity, ancestor or spirit. It is brought to life in the form of carvings and structures that shape into a three peaked form. Many scientists and scholars believe that the cemi’s shape was chosen to resemble the Tres Picachos Mountain range. Cemis can either represent an animal or human deity, making each carving unique, carrying its own significant meaning. The fascinating Cemi Museum in Jayuya not only contains rare artifacts but was even constructed in the form of an ancient Taino cemi.

The history of the Taino Indians, both in Jayuya and the surrounding areas, spans centuries, and preserving this vital part of their heritage led to the leaders of the town to construct this extraordinary museum. It seems that the Taino conducted ceremonies and other traditional rituals in the mountains. Many discoveries made through archeological work done in the region, uncovered a wealth of artifacts and petroglyphs that prove that the Tainos inhabited this area in pre-Columbian times. The Cemi Museum was opened to the public in the year 1989.

Within the museum visitors will find information on the town of Jayuya, as well as the Taino Indians. As visitors enter the museum, they will be able to watch a ten minute video that displays all the attractions and significant sights in and around the town. Visitors may then explore the museum, which is filled with fascinating artifacts of the Taino culture. A large mural of petroglyths can be viewed at the Cemi Museum, showcasing the images that have been found in forgotten caves and on rock faces in the area.

After exploring the marvels of the museum and the Taino Indians, visitors will be able to explore a variety of other attractions nearby, such as La Piedra Escrita, the breathtaking Dona Juana Waterfall, Hacienda Coffee and the Casa Canales. The Casa Canales is right next-door to the Cemi Museum, and visitors will therefore be able to enjoy an informative and exciting day of sightseeing.

The Cemi Museum is a window into the rich history of Jayuya and the fascinating lives and traditions of the Taino Indians who are still a crucial part of the town today.

 





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