What is Jíbaro?

Meaning of Jíbaro

The term jíbaro is commonly used in the nation of Puerto Rico to refer to the peasants who live in humble rural areas in the mountains of this country; This term originated in the Taino culture of India and means "people who come from the mountains" and was adopted by the Puerto Rican inhabitants; This word was born approximately in the 16th century in pre-Columbian times, under the fusion of cultures that existed due to the European conquest in the mountains of the central region of Puerto Rico.

However, the use of this term was modified over time , in modern times the word Jíbaro means a positive comment since it is associated with the pride of being faithful to the culture of Puerto Rico , in turn it means a hardworking, independent, wise person who knows how to deal with deplorable life situations; In a colloquial way then we could say that this word represents the roots of the Puerto Rican people, symbolizing their traditions and values of the homeland with their family.

In other nations of the world, on the other hand, it has a more insulting and negative meaning such as: ignorant or person without any type of acquired study, in turn also in Colombia the drug trafficker is known as "jíbaro" , such as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines , heroin, morphine , LCD, ecstasy, crypi, stone or any other substance of illegal consumption because it is harmful to health.

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