The Taino Indians believed that their supreme god, Yocahu (Yukiyu) lived in El Yunque and that he resided in the mountain tops. The Taínos believed that Yukiyú fought with his brother Juracán (Hurricane deity ) to protect his people in Borikén. . He represented goodness. This contrasts with his evil brother Juracán, who was responsible for storms. ( It is easy to believe this while sitting on the'La Roca' ( The Rock) , in the dwarf forest with the world below.)
Of Note: Many archaeologists now believe that the word Taino (given to the Native Indians) was actually the word they used when greeting the Conquistadors, meaning 'peace'. The 'Tainos' were a very developed culture and had a complex system of government, until the invasion of the Spaniards.
The Taino culture held a great respect for all living things and honored them in the form of carvings cut into rocks, known as petroglyphs. Petroglyphs can be found all over Puerto Rico. These carvings represent their beliefs, religious rituals and, as shown above, possibly a shaman on a psychedelic experience.
MORE Petroglyphs in the cave near Arecibo: LA CUEVA DEL INDIO
Below are two more of the Taino petroglyphs on the Rio Blanco above Naguabo, Puerto Rico. This area has over 7 sites with petroglyph carvings in the big boulders, most by the rivers but some are not.
Do NOT attempt to walk on the boulders by yourself without a guide to help you, the rocks are slippery and dangerous.
Near Arecibo, on the North shore, a cave with petroglyphs can be explored. Photos of the petroglyphs in the cave near Arecibo in LA CUEVA DEL INDIO