Indio, El

Indio, El

El Indio (“The Indian”) is an ancestral guardian spirit originally venerated in Mexican Santeria and Espiritismo traditions. Although there are archetypal Indio spirits, this is a class of spirits: each medium, devotee, or spiritualist may have their own unique Indio who serves as spiritual advisor and/or guardian. To some extent El Indio corresponds to Brazilian Caboclo spirits. Mass-produced images of typical Indio figures are available from botanicas and spiritual merchants; however, unique personal images can easily be substituted. Although this class of spirit is very popular in the Spanish Caribbean and is perceived as an ancestor, the image does not portray a native Caribbean or Mexican. Instead, images generally depict an idealized North American Plains Indian dressed in buckskin and frequently wearing a feathered war bonnet.

• El Indio de la Paz, or the Indian of Peace, serves as a sentinel and guardian. He is commercially portrayed as a man sitting cross-legged, smoking the sacred pipe.

• El Indio Guerrero, or the Warrior Indian, is petitioned for protection and to bolster courage. He may be armed and/or wear a war bonnet. (Alternatively, he just looks fierce.) He is identified as a Native American warrior persistently battling for land, rights, autonomy, and dignity and is a valued spiritual advisor.

Offerings:

Tobacco, beads, cornmeal; individual spirits will advise regarding preferred offerings.

See Also:

Source:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by: Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

You may be also interested in :

Familiar Spirits: A Practical Guide for Witches & Magicians – Donald Tyson
Talking To The Spirits: Personal Gnosis in Pagan Religion -Kenaz Filan, Raven Kaldera
Field Guide to the Spirit World: The Science of Angel Power, Discarnate Entities, and Demonic Possession -  Susan B. Martinez
Communicating with the Spirits (Demons, Spirits and Witches, Vol. 1) - Gabor Klaniczay (Ed.), Eva Pocs (Ed.)
The Book of Treasure Spirits - David Rankine, Elias Ashmole
Magickal Servitors: Create Your Own Spirits to Attract Pleasure, Power and Prosperity –  Damon Brand
Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation - Konstantinos
Spirit Allies: Meet Your Team from the Other Side - Christopher Penczak
My Life With The Spirits: The Adventures of a Modern Magician – Lon Milo DuQuette
Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications - Raymond Buckland