Zemi (Zeme)

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A zemi (also zemí, zeme or cemi) is a god/goddess of the Taínos (Arawaks). They were physically represented in the form of personal effigy or fetish. A popular one found today is the three pointed zemi. It is shaped like a mountain and is decorated with human, animal and/or mythical beings. Zemis were made from gold, shell, stone, clay, human bones, wood and cotton. They were worshipped and included in ceremonies that involved drumming and purging. Zemis were also used by the shaman (medicine man) for advice and healing, provided contact for every person in the spiritual realm and were a representation of who that person was able to contact rather than a symbol of power.

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