2 July 2009

Queen rocks the museum of Santiago

The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ("Museum of Pre-Colombian Art") is small but very interesting. I particularly found interesting the Vitrina Chemamull wooden statues. Yes they were dark and mysterious, but for some reason I couldn't stop myself singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.



[Below] Check out 3:10 min into the video. I believe the Mapuche may have a plagiarism case against Freddie Mercury. "Scaramouche,scaramouche will you do the fandango."






Until the first decades of the twentieth century, the Mapuche of southern Chile placed chemamull (wooden statues) next to their deceased while a long list of relatives and people gave speeches praising the dead and remembering their greatest achievements. In the final stage of the ceremony, the chemamull was erected at the tomb to mark the place where the body remained.



Information:

MUSEUM
Website: Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Address: Bandera 361 Santiago, Chile (closest metro: Plaza de Armas)
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm. Mondays: closed.
Entrance fee: $3.000 (pesos) i.e. less than US$5
Telephone: (56-2) 688-7348

QUEEN
Official website
Lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody (I know you want to sing along.)

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