Shamans and Divinities in Pre-Columbian Ecuador – Exhibition at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris
Ecuador is filled with over 12,000 years of history.
Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors around 1532, and the subsequent rise of the Western world, the practice of shamanism and philosophy was very important.
The pinnacle of shamanism is at the heart of regional developments between 500 BC and 500 AD, on the north central coast of Ecuador.
Shamanism principles reflect the thinking and philosophy of the aboriginal peoples of Ecuador.
This belief system was the foundation for the construction of Ecuadorian social, economic and political world. Their habits, values and knowledge are part of a 1000 year-old legacy that has carried over to the people of Ecuador today.
Designed by Ecuadorian archaeologist Santiago Ontaneda-Luciano, the exhibition is dedicated to the gods and shamans of Pre-Columbian Ecuador.
Gathered from collections at the National Museums of Guayaquil and Quito, masterpieces are showcased from four cultures of the Ecuadorian coast: Chorrera, Bahia, Jama-Coaque and Tolita.
It introduces the social and religious context of Pre-Columbian Equador, the sacred knowledge (meditation, ornaments, the role of music, shaman clothing), and its rituals.
The exhibition finishes with the divine transformation of shaman.
Musée du quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
Admission fees and rates
Quai Branly twin ticket (museum + temporary exhibitions) starting from €12.70