Offerings of babies to “Pachamama”, hotels where people go for take their own life, and silly statements from the Bolivian president. Here are eight interesting things you didn’t know about Bolivia.
1. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, claims that you will become gay by eating chicken and drinking Coca Cola, due to all the hormones in it. He stated this in an international conference, where they were eating and drinking what? Yes, chicken and Coca Cola!
2. Every first Friday of the month, the indigenous population do offerings to Mother Earth, called “Viernes de k’oa”. This day they put different things like miniature houses, money, cars, marriage certificates, on the “k’oa”, believing that they will receive this and luck in the future.
3. There are hotels in La Paz, where people go for take your own life. These hotels are called “Cementerio de Elefantes” (Elephant cemetery), because the elephants go to a private place for die alone, just like these people that choose to use these hotels. The staff lock these people in their rooms, with liters of pure alcohol. Eventually, these people drink themselves to death.
4. When constructing big buildings a person is often killed, and offered to Pachamama (Mother Earth), with the purpose to give back for using the land. The person, often a poor man that is tricked, in buried under the buildings in La Paz. In smaller houses or buildings they offer llamas.
5. When Evo Morales was elected as the first indigenous president, they say a baby was offered as thanks to the Mother Earth.
6. Every june 21st, marks the Aymara New Year, and the beginning of a new agricultural year. This is celebrated in Tiwanaku at sunrise, where the Amautas (Andean priest), makes a gratitude ceremonies to the Sun and the Pachamama (mother earth) for the crops received.
7. The miners offers to “Tio de la mina”, a devil, believing that bad things will not happen to them if they do so. It says that some miners offered their first born baby son. (see first picture)
8. The day of the dead, the 2 of august, people cook the favourite food of the dead person, believing that the dead will come down to earth eating it.