Bolivians Honor Earth Goddess Pachamama

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Bolivians honor earth goddess Pachamama with burning offerings. MORE: High in the Andes, indigenous Bolivians gathered at dawn Monday to honor Pachamama, the goddess of the earth and fertility, on the Day of Mother Earth. In Bolivia, believers go to high places to burn ritual tables with animal fat, colored paper and sweets to thank Pachamama. The tradition, which extends from northern Argentina and Chile through Peru and Bolivia, is celebrated with offerings that can include sheep fetuses, desiccated llamas, medicinal plants, eggs, minerals, and even live animals that are sacrificed to the goddess. August is the chosen month for the offerings because the first agricultural season ends in the Andean world, and according to indigenous communities, it is this time of year when Mother Earth “opens her mouth” in hopes of being venerated with offerings. The ceremonies can be celebrated during the entire month, but August 1st is the preferred day to make offerings. » Subscribe to VOA News: » Watch more VOA News video: Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:
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