Festival of the spheres returns to the Central Pacific this weekend

Another annual festival is planned for next weekend at the site of those unexplained stone balls in Palmar Sur and vicinity.

The XI Festival de las Esferas Osa 2016 is the 11th annual celebration and comes when the Museo Nacional is trying to promote its new museum and holdings in that area.

The festival will be in Parque de Palmar Sur, Finca 6, Sierpe and Grijalba-2, all in the canton of Osa in the south Pacific coast.

The stone balls, some more than two meters in diameter, are the country’s leading archaeological mystery. No one knows who made them, how or why, although some scientists have taken their best shot.

The festival will feature more than just viewing the stone balls. There will be boat rides on the nearby Río Sierpe, dances, performances by musical groups, sports, exhibitions and the sale of foods and products from the zone.

The Municipalidad de Osa and local businesses also are sponsors.

The festival kicks off Friday at 10 a.m. in the Parque de Palmar Sur with a food fair, exhibitions of art works and the start of a series of symposiums on painting and sculpture that continues through the three days of the festival.

The Asociación Cultural Rey Curré will put on an abbreviated “Juego de los diablitos” Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Boruca group Non Cuan Xá performs at 3 p.m. Both events are in the Palmar Sur park. The Boruca are known for their colorful masks that are sought after by tourists.

The group Danza Joven of the Universidad Nacional will present a dance performance that has been inspired by the spheres, said the museum. The performance will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Grijalba-2 archaeological site.

Throughout the three days there will be guided tours of the archaeological sites.

There is plenty on the Web about the spheres. Some claim they are leavings by space aliens. Others say they are many thousand years old. More conventional archaeologists agree that the only way to date the spheres is by what layers of soil and what artifacts are associated with them.

Since many of the spheres have been moved around in modern day as well as in pre-Columbian times, a lot of potential evidence has been lost.

The spheres have been recognized as part of the world’s heritage by the U. N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Festival poster features a man with a Boruca mask.

Festival poster features a man with a Boruca mask.

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