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Old Saturday 18th May 2019, 19:30   #4
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Interesting theory. Indeed we can find e.g. in...

Connie M. Toops: Hummingbirds: Jewels in Flight. 1992, p. 13

Caciques of Taíno tribes in the Caribbean also wore hummingbird ear decorations. For them, the bird was a symbol of rebirth. On Caribbean islands, hummingbirds are "doctor birds." Jamaicans recognized the motion sharp-billed hummers use to pierce flowers for nectar as similar to the jab of a doctor using a lancet. Puerto Rican hummingbird nests are thought by natives to cure asthma. Dominicans believe nests can cure earaches, while some Cubans and Mexicans use dried, pulverized hummingbirds in love potions. Names for hummingbirds reflect their dazzling plumage. Caribbean Indians called them colibri, "sun-god birds."
...or in...

Robert R. Gillogly: A Celebration of Cheer: Sermons for the Birds, 2000 - p xviii

The Taíno word for hummingbird, colibri, means 'god-bird' or 'sun-god-bird'.
Lead me to search for Taíno and mango. And even if not in Jamaica I found:

El Mango. An early, historic Indian site (sub-Taino) near Holguin, Oriente, Cuba (Goggin, 1960; Rouse 1942: 66-71).
So it might be that mango has a meaning in Taíno language? More here about Potrero de El Mango.

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