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The Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia

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The Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia

The Carnival of Oruro - a religious festival (dating back over 2000 years) in Oruro, Bolivia - one of UNESCOs Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Here, mules are processed through Oruro, laden with old silver. Date: 1918

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The Carnival of Oruro, an awe-inspiring religious festival held in the city of Oruro, Bolivia, is a captivating display of tradition and spirituality that dates back over 2000 years. This photograph, taken in 1918, captures a unique moment during the carnival as mules laden with old silver make their way through the bustling streets. The Carnival of Oruro, a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous people of Bolivia. The Carnival, which takes place annually, is a blend of indigenous Andean and Catholic traditions. The festival is believed to have originated from the pre-Columbian era, with the addition of Catholic elements during the Spanish colonization. The celebration is dedicated to the Catholic saints, but also honors the Andean deities, making it a unique fusion of two distinct belief systems. The mules in the photograph are an essential part of the carnival procession, carrying the silver ornaments and decorations used in the various dances and rituals. The old silver, which is believed to have healing properties, is an important symbol of the festival, representing the connection between the earth, the people, and the divine. The Carnival of Oruro is a vibrant and colorful display of traditional costumes, music, and dance. The participants, dressed in intricate and elaborate tribal attire, bring the streets to life with their lively movements and rhythmic beats. The festival is a celebration of the indigenous culture and traditions, providing a glimpse into the history and heritage of the people of Oruro.

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