Wooden snake

The snake is part of an important mythological triumvirate who dominated the cosmology of the people from the Orinoco-Amazon region. Most of the culture groups who arrived in the Antillean islands originated from this region. The snake exemplified by the anaconda represented the subaquatic world. Since anacondas did not exist in the islands this specie was substituted for a local land snake. Representations of snakes in the Antilles were known since the Saladoide culture in the first millennium before Christ until the Taíno culture.