Thursday, August 7, 2014

Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado - 8 stars out of 10

Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado - 8 stars out of 10

This is one of the most compelling television documentaries that I have ever watched.  The famous Muisca Raft is enshrouded in mystery, from its seamless golden design to its unknown purpose.  The raft is approached from all angles: the religious purpose of the golden artwork, the history of the Spanish conquistadors stealing the gold from the Muisca tribe, the cultural trade of salt for gold, the scientific process to discover the chemistry and origin of the gold, and the actual methods used to form this piece over 500 years ago.  The story behind this unique piece and the ceremony of investiture of the Muisca chief is fascinating.  If you ever have an opportunity to visit El Museo del Oro in Bogota, Colombia, make sure to watch this documentary first and then be amazed by this incredibly unique piece.

 [Pictured: The Muisca Raft when I visited El Museo del Oro]

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