The group consists of (a) Bushmen proper--those who completely rejected the new farming culture and held on to their hunting culture; (b) the Hottentot Bushmen--those who although they accepted the farming cultures still held on to some of the beliefs and customs of the hunting age and (c) the Negrillos Bushmen who took to jungle life and adopted certain farming cultures into their social system (72).
The author concludes this chapter by focusing on "The Negrillos or the Pygmies" and contends that "[t]he main cultural difference between the pygmies and the Bushmen proper was that the Pygmies were jungle men while the Bushmen were grass and bush men" (76-77).
In the North are the Hamites and the Semites, descendants of common origin; and the Negroes, Bushmen, Hottentots, Pygmies or Negrillos and the Bantu Negro group in East, West, Central and South Africa (78).
When they were small and the mothers would be working in the fields, one or two women slaves would take care of the negrillos in a hut prepared for that purpose; or if an infant was sick, the mother or another woman slave had to stay to take care of him.
To all appearances, the high demand for "good" slaves in Cuba obliged the slave traders to bring the negrillos to Puerto Rico.
Un manolo y una azafata conversan bajo los negrillos
del jardin, y dan serenata, en el fondo, ranas y grillos.
La luna llega a configurarse como un personaje testigo de la accion, dada su constante presencia, y el hecho de contagiarse del garbo de los personajes, realizando sus mismos habiles y difusos movimientos: "Infla la luna los carrillos, / y su carota de pepona, / bermeja de risa, detona / en la cima de los negrillos
", y despues "hace la luna un volatin / en la cima de los negrillos
/ que le sirven de trampolin" (FLRC I, 227 y 229), la luna, personificada, hace aqui metaforicamente los movimientos del volatinero.
These forbears of civilisation have been labelled a number of derogatory terms; "Pygmies", "Negritos" and "Negrillos
" (Central Africa), "Bushmen" and "Hottentots" (Southern Africa).