Talamanca seeks items for major festival

Radio Cultural La Voz de Talamanca is seeking donations for the Jala de Piedra, the major cultural-religious event among the BriBri in the Talamancas. The festival will be Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1 and 2.

The ceremony Oct. 1 involves residents of the area carrying a giant boulder a kilometer or more over fields, mountains and rivers. Ostensibly the boulder is taken to a place where it is used to help process food for the festival, but there also is a religious aspect because the boulder, like those who carry it, are creations of God, according the event’s theme.

Sometimes the festival is used to commemorate the execution by the Spanish of  Pablo Presbere, a BriBri leader who waged war against the invaders.

The radio station said that it is seeking donations of  baskets of food, footballs, machetes, files, soccer gloves, and soccer shoes, sizes N-41 and 42, for prizes.

The radio station noted that it has limited resources and receives no government assistance. Danilo Layan, chairman of the station board, can be reached at 8319-8757 and 8390-0035.

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