I'm not sure if this is the proper group for it, but I figured that a thread discerning certain traditions retained within our own families are perhaps Taino in origin. If not it is still good to learn where various traditions stem from in relation to our family and cultural backgrounds
I'll list some:
A child's hair is not cut until they can speak.
It is not good to be like El Mucaro awake at all hours of the night, because that is when lo malo sale. (Coincidentally, my mom calls me un Mucaro and constantly gets on me for the reason mentioned above.)
You're not supposed to sweep at night.
You're not supposed to whistle in the house as that is seen as a way of calling lo malo (trae mala guero). (I have heard Haitians mention the same thing, so it is possible that this might be African or Taino in origin. Who knows maybe it is European in origin.)
You do not I repeat do not, touch a pregnant woman's belly. You don't know the touchees intentions for doing so.
If you hear someone calling your name and no one around you has done so, it is the dead calling you. You are to pray. Namely an Our Father and a few Hail Marys and a Glory Be (at least that is the way I do it.).
You do not out touch someones head/hair. If they do, you "dust" your head off. It is in many ways for the same reasons you don't touch a pregnant woman's belly.
Maybe this one stems from my being Catholic, but you do not allow anyone other than the parents to keep the candle given at Baptism.
When someone gives you too much of a compliment it means they want something you have. (I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is probably European in origin, but some Egyptians I've met believe the same thing.)
You save the babies hair and milk teeth when they fall out.
After giving birth, women drink a concoction known as 7 Jarabes/Aceites. It is supposed to clean you out of whatever may be left over. It is not done immediately after giving birth, but some time after. I don't think this is Taino, but at the same time I don't think it is African or Spaniard either. Hhhmmm... a hybrid perhaps ?
As gross as this sounds, you purge yourself monthly or every other month (I think it is every other month in practice.). It is meant to clean your sistema as well as your blood.
If going to someone else's house or going out to eat and you don't know how the food is going to sit with you, eat a Culantro leaf to avoid stomach upset.
Refresco de Jagua is good for your kidneys.
While this isn't really a tradition, I know in my home the method of eating is not fixed. There is no "Don't eat the cookies, because it will spoil your dinner. ". If you're hungry you go to the kitchen and get something if you are hungry. When there are parties the table is not really used. Typically most people are either standing, sitting on chairs etc. while eating. Most often children are the ones who use the table whereas everyone else is spread about. Not to mention this is the time when everyone decides to tell a story of when such and such was younger etc. (I've also noticed that this often happens when cooking as well.). Not to mention the music is typically close to full blast people are talking and everyone ends up dancing with someone older in the family (ie, boys will dance with their moms, their grandmas etc.). You offer the utmost level of hospitality, going so far as not eating yourself and serving everyone while astutely observing everyones reactions while eating. A good guest (typically a family member) relieves the host/ess of their duties and invites them to sit down and eat while they serve. You never kick someone out of your house even if it is past midnight and even invite them to sleep over (I think this is a universal.) You always offer people to take TONS of food home with them (para que no digan). Good hospitality equals a reciprocated invite.
When eating on a daily basis or even at a party, all the food is kept in the kitchen. Plates with the finished dishes are brought out on individual plates. The closest thing you will find on a table is salad, other than that there is no pass me this and or that. The typical phrase heard in the Puerto Rican home is, "Si quieren mas dejanme saber" or "Si quieren mas, vayan y sirvense.". Not to mention you pray before every meal.
Things I've read :
I know from what I've read that El Baquine is African in origin.
Anything else others might want to add ?