Back in San Jose, we went to some of the museums. These were the national Museum and the Museo de Jade, which has a lot of pre Columbian history. It was interesting to find out about Costa rican indigenous cultures, and see art works that are up to thousands of years old. Shamanism was an important part of their cultures, and they believed that Shamans could take the form of animals, and go on quests to assist the spirits of the dead on their journey to other worlds.
The first museum Paul and I went to see was the national Museum. The first series of exhibits were of pottery, stone sculptures and jade carvings.
The national museum also had an exhibit on gold artifacts, this included jewelry, but also ceremonial objects used in shamanic rites.
A lot of the gold artifacts made by indigenous people in pre-Columbian times was taken by the Spanish, so its good to see the artifacts that escaped the conquistadors!
After the National Museum, we went over to the Jade Museum. It had been hard to find at first, as it had been relocated, and it seems very modern and fancy, with interactive exhibits. This provided an even more detailed glimpse into the lives of indigenous Costa rican people.