By deigning to the stone globe, the indigenous man shows his community’s piety and respect for mystique power and omnipotent leadership.
Water splashing and flute ditties just add solemnity to the ceremony on May 15 in the Osa community in southern Costa Rica, some 5 hours’ drive from capital city San Jose.
(Soundbite) FRANCISCO CORRALES, Archaeologist
“The natives here created the stone spheres as a symbol of ranks and power to teach about the importance of the villages to the people living here.”
This is the Sixth Festival of Stone Spheres staged by local inhabitants in conjunction with the authority to highlight the Pre-Columbian culture, or before 1492 when the European influence occurred on the American continents.
(Soundbite) FRANKLIN OBANDO, Festival Sub-Coordinator
“The Festival of the spheres is an activity that takes place each year in order to publicize the archeological, historical and cultural legacy of our canton, the canton of Osa.”
Prehistory sometimes relates to reality, with souvenirs and delicacy.
And, when coming for the festival, don’t forget to have a look at the largest pre-Columbian stone sphere in the world, which measures 24 kilograms and 2.66 meters in diameter.
With the recognition by UNESCO as World Heritage, the Osa community has given life to the stone balls and injected economic and cultural livelihood to its primative existence.