What is a taotaomona in Guam?

What is a taotaomona in Guam?

Taotaomona: Taotaomo’na, literally the people of before, refers to ancestral spirits that inhabited the earth along with the living. Ancient Chamorros believed the world around them was full of spirits who provided both daily protection and assistance in their tasks, but also created dangers and problems.

What is Chamorro race?

Native Guamanians, ethnically called Chamorros, descend primarily from Austronesian peoples and may also have other ancestries, such as Spanish, Filipino, and Japanese. Chamorros and other Micronesians constitute about half the current population of Guam.

How do you say spirit in Chamorro?

Aniti is the ancient CHamoru word which meant spirit.

How do I ask for permission in Chamorro?

A common way of asking for permission is to ask “Guello yan Guella kao siña yu’ maloffan gi tano’-miyu?” which means, Grandpa and Grandma, can I pass through your land?” The exact phrasing changes for different families and generations, but is meant to express a humility and respect for these natural and sacred spaces.

How many villages are in Guam?

There are 19 beautiful Districts, or “Villages”, in Guam. Each Village has its wonderful, unique attributes.

How do you say my name is in Chamorro?

Simple Chamorro Greetings

Chamorro English
Na’an hu si My name is . . .
Hunggan Yes
Ahe’ No
Adios Goodbye

Is Chamorro Filipino?

CHamoru is part of the Philippine family of languages. CHamoru is most closely related to certain languages in Indonesia. CHamoru is most closely related to some of the Austronesian languages in Taiwan.

Is Chamorro indigenous?

Chamorros are the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands of which Guam is the largest and southernmost on an island chain. Archeological evidence identified civilization dating back 5,000 years.

What does Aniti mean in Chamorro?

Aniti is the ancient Chamorro word which meant spirit. In its contemporary use, it has evolved to mean evil spirit or demon though some people are using it again to mean spirit.

Can I use the restroom in Chamorro?

You can say: “Guella yan guello kao siña hu usa I kemmon?” which means: “Ancestors may I use the restroom?”

What does Talu mean in Chamorro?

pronunciation. tah-loo-uh-nee. meaning. noun. 1) noon; afternoon.

What is the biggest village on Guam?

Guam Villages

  • Piti.
  • Santa Rita.
  • Sinajana.
  • Talofofo.
  • Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon.
  • Umatac. The small village of Umatac is located in southern Guam along Umatac Bay.
  • Yigo. Yigo is the island’s largest and most northern village, encompassing thirty-five square miles.
  • Yona. Yona is the first southern village on the eastern side of Guam.