Wood container

Wood container with owl representation. The owl is a bird of ill omen that announces the proximity of death, and inhabits a mythical world. By following the cosmic flight of the owl, the behiques could see and talk to the spirits and enter the region of the dead to rescue the soul of an ailing person. It would appear that Taino artisans did not use wood simply for its physical properties but also employed it for its inherent symbolic attributes.

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