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Shamaness of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, AD 500

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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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Shutter Speed
10/305 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 13, 2009, 8:08:58 PM
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Oh, Coricancha! You never leave to amaze me! Everything looks so mythical! And they look trully gorgeous! The movements, the whole atmosphere and the beauty of the characters make this artwork incredibly stunning! Good job as always, Coricancha! :D
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hrwilliamsProfessional Writer
This is so beautiful and intriguing! I'm guessing from the egg in the woman's hand that it's some kind of fertility/marriage ritual? Could you provide details?
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

It’s almost 4 months since you posted this. Sorry about the delayed reply. I have actually been so busy there hasn't been much time to post.

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.

Thanks a lot for your motivating comment and your interesting question.  

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hrwilliamsProfessional Writer
Thanks for the interesting answer! As you can see, I too take a while in replying. ;)
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Amazing work. I love the many details. I don't know much about this era/culture, but I would assume you know what you are doing. As for your style and the artwork part, I don't see anything wrong with this image. (I am not an art expert, but I have eyes to see.)
Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Always impressive work brother . I Cheers!
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