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A dead Llama is seen during a ceremony to bless the mine by offering animal sacrifice as

A dead Llama is seen during a ceremony to bless the mine by offering animal sacrifice as part of Andean carnival celebrations, outside the Mina Itos on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia February 9, 2018. REUTERS/David Mercado

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In this haunting image captured by David Mercado, a dead llama lies motionless on the ground during a ceremony held outside the Mina Itos on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia. The photograph depicts a moment of solemnity and cultural significance as part of Andean carnival celebrations. The dark colors and eerie shadows surrounding the carcass create an atmosphere that is both captivating and unsettling. This creative use of light highlights the contrast between life and death, evoking feelings of sadness and contemplation. Animal sacrifice plays a significant role in Andean culture, symbolizing offerings to bless mines like Mina Itos. The blood-stained ground serves as a reminder of ancient traditions deeply rooted in religion. However, it also raises questions about our relationship with nature and its impact on our environment. This thought-provoking image captures an important aspect of Bolivian culture while simultaneously inviting viewers to reflect upon their own beliefs and values. With no people present in the frame, attention is solely focused on this poignant scene—a testament to David Mercado's skillful storytelling through photography.

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