Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shaman's Blessing - Alasitas Festival - La Paz, Bolivia

On the front steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz and first day of the Alasitas Festival 2012, a Yatiri (Aymara Shaman) beseeches Ekeko (Aymara god of abundance) to bless a family and their miniature objects bought that day, each represents wishes/desires they have for the upcoming year. Popular miniatures are food so as not to lack a meal, a house for shelter, a car to work as a taxi driver, a university diploma or just about anything each as diverse as human desire. The festival will run for about four weeks. 'Til Carnival, and once again the festive spirit is renewed!

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