Hiring of shaman questioned

Updated: January 17, 2012, 5:06 PM ET
Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's top prosecutor is questioning why a shaman, or medicine man, was paid $2,000 to keep rain away from the closing ceremony of the Under-20 World Cup.

The attorney general's office opened the investigation Tuesday after the comptroller's office in Bogota questioned cost overruns of more than $1 million -- the shaman's charges included. The official cost of the August ceremony was $2.5 million.

Anthropologist Ana Marta de Pizarro helped organize the ceremony and says the shaman was justified.

She said: "Had it rained, the event would not have taken place. It didn't rain on the ceremony, it was successful and I would use him again if I needed to."

Pizarro said the shaman had been used at other outdoor events in the country.

The Under-20 World Cup was held for three weeks last year across Colombia, with Brazil winning the final.

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