When Columbus arrived in the Bahamas in 1492 he encountered the native inhabitants, the Lukku-Cairi (now called “Lucayans”). They were handsome, polite, skillful and happy people who built artful canoes and houses that could withstand strong winds. Their history was passed down orally from generation to generation. Lucayan society was matrilineal (based on descent through the mothers line). Archaeological findings revealed that their ancestors produced ceramics. And that they practiced “cranial deformation” or “head flattening”. When Columbus and his people arrived, the Lucayans first mistook them as “the returning Gods”. Just like many other ancient peoples, their oral history told them that one time, long ago, the “Gods” had flown away into the sky and would some day return. Columbus noted that they look like the Guanche. And just like the Guanche, the Lucayans are now, unfortunately, extinct.
As previously mentioned, it is my view that so-called “cranial deformation” may either be an attempt to imitate the head-shape of those “gods” (who were possibly extraterrestrials) or the unearthed skulls may be those of the “gods” themselves. A sample of such a skull (these are found all over the world):
This is a bust of the Egyptian Nefertiti. She and her husband Akhenaton were responsible for bringing monotheistic “sun-god” worship to Egypt (see my book for context):
The Lucayans share a lot of cultural and linguistic similarities with the Taino people of the Carribean, the Antilles and Bahamas, indicating that they were probably one and the same. The Taino and Lucayans are part of the large group of people called the Arawak of the Carribean and South America.
Our modern word “Hurricane” comes from the Taino language word “Juracan” which refers to the “God of Chaos”. He is associated with the Goddess of storms, floods and destruction “Guabencex”. Perhaps it won’t surprise readers of this site to learn that their origins myth begins with a gigantic flood that occurred long ago when “a father murdered his son because the son was about to murder the father”. Another origins myth relates that the Taino originally lived in caves and subterranean dwellings to shield from the sun. Prior to destroying the world with a flood, Guabencex ruled over a mystical land called Aumatex.
With the discovery of the Pomier Caves in the Dominican Republic, it was found that the Taino have been around for thousands of years. The Pomier Caves are a thousand feet below sea level and contain more than 6000 pictographs and drawings of animals and humans (the image below shows one of them).
What follows are a few Taino artifacts that look interesting in our context:
For more pictures of Taino artifacts see here: Smithsonian Magazine
Over the years, claims of underwater ruins in the Bahamas keep coming up, especially in the western most parts of the Bahamas around the Bimini Islands. One of…