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Bolivia: 2019 Oruro's Carnival Shows Off Multicultural Symbols

Bolivia's most famous carnival is celebrated in Oruro, a city at 3,700m high which was an important pre-Columbian ritual place before becoming a mining center in the 19th century. Since 2001, Unesco considers Oruro's carnival as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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On Feb. 2, Bolivia celebrates "the Midwifes’ Party", a tradition which opens the carnival holidays.
On Feb. 2, Bolivia celebrates "the Midwifes’ Party", a tradition which opens the carnival holidays. Photo:Twitter/ @evoespueblo
The "Tobas
The "Tobas' celebration" is a warrior dance recalling the Inca conquest of indigenous peoples, which initiated the mixture between Oriental cultures and High Plain cultures. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
The “dance of the Llama breeders” pays homage to those who raises “llamas,” which are South American camelids that live at the Bolivian high plain region.
The “dance of the Llama breeders” pays homage to those who raises “llamas,” which are South American camelids that live at the Bolivian high plain region. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
At the 2019 Oruro
At the 2019 Oruro's Carnival about 52 folk groups participate wearing colorful costumes in a display of culture, heritage and tradition.. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
Women wearing traditional, colorful mini-skirts are part of the Oruro
Women wearing traditional, colorful mini-skirts are part of the Oruro's Carnival dances. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
"La Morenada" is a dance dating back to the Spanish colonization times.
"La Morenada" is a dance dating back to the Spanish colonization times. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
The "Diablada dance" represents the invasion of demons who impose deadly sins and are fought by the Church.
The "Diablada dance" represents the invasion of demons who impose deadly sins and are fought by the Church. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
The "Diablada de Oruro Fraternity" makes its entrance to the pilgrimage in honor of Virgen del Socavon.
The "Diablada de Oruro Fraternity" makes its entrance to the pilgrimage in honor of Virgen del Socavon. Photo:Twitter/ @CulturasBolivia
Published 2 March 2019
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