Pachamama

SAVEUR - - Bolivia -

In­dige­nous peo­ple and their rit­u­als were long de­rided in West­ern cul­ture, a last­ing ef­fect of col­o­niza­tion. But to­day, Bo­li­vians of all eth­nic­i­ties re­vere Pachamama, the An­dean cos­mic “world mother.” Of­ten, when be­gin­ning con­struc­tion, buy­ing a house, or wish­ing for health, Bo­li­vians will make an of­fer­ing to Pachamama. It’s also a com­mon rit­ual to spill the first few drops of a drink onto the ground to show grat­i­tude to the fer­tile mother.

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