Diquis Gold Pendant of a Shaman - FJ.6210, Origin: Costa Rica/Panama, Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD, Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Costa Rican, Medium: Gold. The shaman of ancient Costa Rica was someone who might perform many different roles- healer, magician, herbalist, political leader and artist. Being all things at once or only one at a time, some shamans possessed extraordinary knowledge mixed with a degree of psychic power. Others were strictly con artists who deceived the people through cleverness. When genuine, a shaman could engender great respect and was a crucial part of society; thus accounting for their being immortalized in gold.