ness31 wrote:“Hau“ *raises hand*
This is how they were depicted in Hollywood movies, as disposable props for a heroic genocide campaign by "religious" Europeans. Amazing that Hollywood was able to make so many "feel good" movies about genocide.HATUEY
A Taino chief from what is now Dominican Republic. He heard that the Spanish were starting to do the same things in Cuba that they did to his hometown. So he went to Cuba with a Taino posse, and then tried to unite both the Taino and the runaway slaves they joined forces with. He lands at Caobana, Cuba, showing them a basket of gold and jewels he had brought with him.
wiki wrote:He showed the Taíno of Caobana a basket of gold and jewels, saying:
Here is the God the Spaniards worship. For these they fight and kill; for these they persecute us and that is why we have to throw them into the sea... They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves. They speak to us of an immortal soul and of their eternal rewards and punishments, and yet they rob our belongings, seduce our women, violate our daughters. Incapable of matching us in valor, these cowards cover themselves with iron that our weapons cannot break...
I love that he realized how fake and strategic the Spanish "faith" was.
Late, when he's put to death by the same Spanish Christians, he is offered salvation through last-minute Christianity:
Before he was burned, a priest asked Hatuey if he would accept Jesus and go to heaven. Las Casas recalled the reaction of the chief:
[Hatuey], thinking a little, asked the religious man if Spaniards went to heaven. The religious man answered yes... The chief then said without further thought that he did not want to go there but to hell so as not to be where they were and where he would not see such cruel people. This is the name and honor that God and our faith have earned.
This quote has a universal message: don't imitate people you don't really admire.
And to find out if you admire someone, look at their actions and not at the bibles they conspicuously hold over their heads as they commit immoral acts.