The June issue of Bolivian Express skims the surface of this multicultural sea of sorts, not in attempt to provide any- thing close to a full account of all the different Bolivian ethnic and religious groups (as if such an account could ever be complete), but rather to offer the reader a taste of some of their festivals, rituals and practices. Recent celebrations such as El Gran Poder are examined, as well as yearlong ceremonies such as the Ch’allas of El Alto and Potosí. While inevitably some observances will be left out, these pages reveal the hidden sides of those that are explored.
With histories that often stretch hundreds of years into the past, and current practices that retain their urgency for those who participate in them, these traditions are windows into distinctly Bolivian lives.
ARTICLES FROM THIS ISSUE
19 Jul, 2011 | Nina Triado
It took me a while to find the location, but after asking many people I made my way up to El Alto where I was told I could find a ch’alla. However, not knowing exactly what I was looking for, or what...
Aymara New Year
19 Jul, 2011 | Seneca Garrison
June 21st marked the 5,519th annual celebration of Aymara New Year, and an estimated 50,000 participants migrated to the Tiwanaku ruins for a freezing all-nighter of fun and timeless tradition. People...