Pre-Hispanic jaguar god featured in university show

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Jaguar theme unites the seven scenes.

The country’s distance-learning university presents music, dance, theater, chorus and art Sunday night at the Teatro Popular Melico Salizar on Avenida 2 in the downtown.

The show is called “Tierra jaguar,” seven scenes that have an environmental emphasis. The students come from university centers in Alajuela, Pérez Zeledón, Heredia, Nicoya, Puntarenas, Turrialba, Desamparados, San José and Cartago, among others. The Universidad Estatal a Distancia is one of the country’s major public universities. Admission is modest, from 3,500 to 1,000 colons.

The presentations weave native culture with the likes of Mozart. The jaguar, considered a god by ancient Costa Ricans is an overall theme. The jaguar had many roles in pre-hispanic culture, including one as the guardian of the door the afterlife, the organizers noted.

The messages from pre-Columbian Costa Rica combine with calls to protect the environment, said a release.

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