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Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

In La Paz, Bolivia, people celebrate the dead with the Fiesta de las Natitas (Festival of Skulls), where the skulls of relatives are venerated.

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Lit up: Many of the human skulls on show are kept in people's houses during the year, and dusted off for the big day. They receive blessings and are decorated with offerings

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

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Strong belief: The chapel in the main cemetery of La Paz was filled with hundreds of people trying to place their skull in the best position for the annual ceremony to honour the 'natita' tradition

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Standing on ceremony: The skulls are taken for blessings at church and although there is no mass held, devotees have the skulls blessed before taking part in the festivities

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

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En Bolivia tiene lugar el rito de las 'ñatitas', calaveras humanas que algunos bolivianos preservan en sus casas. Una vez al año miles de personas salen a la calle con ellas para que reciban bendiciones y ofrendas de comida, bebida y hoja de coca.

Decorated: Glasses and flowers adorn the skulls, which are kept in people's houses during the year. Many Bolivians keep the skulls of close relatives at home as a talisman which they then have blessed once a year during the macabre festival

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

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Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Devotees in Bolivia bring decorated skulls to a cemetery chapel in the capital La Paz for the annual Day of the Skull festival.

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Blessings: People hold the skulls as they wait to be greeted by the priest inside the chapel. The skulls are used as amulets and are believed to offer protection. There is a mixture of Catholic and indigenous traditions in Bolivia

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Blessings: People hold the skulls as they wait to be greeted by the priest inside the chapel. The skulls are used as amulets and are believed to offer protection. There is a mixture of Catholic and indigenous traditions in Bolivia

Tradition: Thousands of people attend the celebrations of the Day of the Skull in La Paz, Bolivia. They are greeted by the priest inside the General Cemetery chapel in the tradition which marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday

Tradition in Bolivia sees skulls in ritual to bring them good luck

Tradition: Thousands of people attend the celebrations of the Day of the Skull in La Paz, Bolivia. They are greeted by the priest inside the General Cemetery chapel in the tradition which marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday

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