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I would like to know the Taino view about alcohol. I know the Iroquois view it as mind changer. Any insight?
Seneko Kakona

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Alcohol can interfere with communication with the ancestors especially when preparing to invoke the ancestors embibing dulls the senses. I hope this helps
seneko kakona. Rose Xochitl AnaO Quinones.

Agree. I've always looked at alcohol in this way, that it isn't our way, it's not a medicine that has its origins from here on Turtle Island. It's comes from the other side of the pond. It's not our way! This came to me long ago while meditating after participating in a lodge when I lived on the Fort Peck Reservation in Northeastern Montana in 1984-85. I've never looked back to ever partake of that medicine. 

Masinato kena Kakona! 

Fermented medicine is integral and very common among the sacred medicines of the Arawak Taino.

Like all medicine it has to be treated with the utmost respect and honor. The use of medicine is a granted permission; when entering that space the intent and prayer must be clear, true to the heart for a chance of positive outcome and receipt to the prayer seeking an answer. That is how it was thought to me by my elders. 


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