An Account Of The Antiquities Of The Indians by Fray Ramon PaneAn Account Of The Antiquities Of The Indians by Fray Ramon Pane

An Account Of The Antiquities Of The Indians

byFray Ramon Pane

Paperback | November 1, 1999

Pricing and Purchase Info

$23.80 online 
$28.95 list price
Earn 119 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


Accompanying Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1494 was a young Spanish friar named Ramon Pane. The friar's assignment was to live among the "Indians" whom Columbus had "discovered" on the island of Hispaniola (today the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic), to learn their language, and to write a record of their lives and beliefs. While the culture of these indigenous people--who came to be known as the Taino--is now extinct, the written record completed by Pane around 1498 has survived. This volume makes Pane's landmark "Account"--the first book written in a European language on American soil--available in an annotated English edition.

Edited by the noted Hispanist Jose Juan Arrom, Pane's report is the only surviving direct source of information about the myths, ceremonies, and lives of the New World inhabitants whom Columbus first encountered. The friar's text contains many linguistic and cultural observations, including descriptions of the Taino people's healing rituals and their beliefs about their souls after death. Pane provides the first known description of the use of the hallucinogen "cohoba," and he recounts the use of idols in ritual ceremonies. The names, functions, and attributes of native gods; the mythological origin of the aboriginal people's attitudes toward sex and gender; and their rich stories of creation are described as well.

Title:An Account Of The Antiquities Of The IndiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.17 × 5.84 × 0.32 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0822323478

ISBN - 13:9780822323471


From Our Editors

Ramon Pane is not quite the household name that Christopher Columbus is. However, Pane accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1494. His assignment was to live among the Indians whom Columbus had discovered on the island of Hispaniola. An Account of the Antiquities of the Indians contains a record of the lives and beliefs of this now extinct culture.

Editorial Reviews

""An Account of the Antiquities of the Indians" is an important primary source for the history, religion, and ethnography of the extinct peoples of Hispaniola, Cuba, and the neighboring islands who are collectively known to modern scholars as Tainos. . . . Both the editor and the translator have done an excellent job of providing a scholarly introduction to and a faithful, annotated English translation of Pane's work. Corruptions of Taino words used by Pane are noted and explained. The provenance and publishing history of the manuscript are also described. Students of the age of exploration and of first contacts between Europeans and Native Americans will welcome this edition of Pane's "Antiquities,"" --Ronald Fritze, "Sixteenth Century Journal"