A crocodile male shaman and a crocodile female shaman preside over healings for the faithful on pilgrimages to the shores of Lake Nicaragua with Ometepe Island in the background. Potosí Appliqué incensarios suggest such activities. The scene also includes Tola Trichrome, Galo, and Chavez White on Red ceramics. Most of the information comes from Haberland’s 1961 Archaeology magazine article on two shaman’s graves, particularly the Ometepe Island grave and his information on this time period at Ometepe Island from the 1992 book with Lange. The newest interpretations on this evidence come from Laura Wingfield. The male shaman on the right side is using a Tola Trichrome incense ladle while the female crocodile shaman uses the bone sucking tube to heal a sick pilgrim with the volcanoes off in the distance.
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The information on the egg comes from a shaman’s grave excavated by Haberland (published in ARCHAEOLOGY, Vol. 14, No.3 (Autumn 1961), pages 154-160). He mentioned grave goods like the tube, which he identified as sucking tube, and an egg-shaped, polished green stone, but couldn’t identify its original function. So, an interpretation in context with fertility/marriage ritual might be plausible if such an interpretation is based on secure ethnographic data.
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