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MERCADO DE LA BRUJAS :: bolivia guide
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MERCADO DE LA BRUJAS

Go for: The weird and wonderful
Where to find it: Calle Linares
Best days to go: Everyday (though they say you have better luck on a Tuesday or Friday)

 
 

The famous witches’ market of La Paz should really come with an instruction manual, but with a little bit of Spanish or even Aymara and a friendly store holder to explain the mysteries of this curiously fascinating market begin to unfold. The witchery stems from Aymara indigenous tradition and revolves around Pachamama, or Mother Earth, who is deemed the ultimate goddess and protector. The stalls are stacked high against the walls of the buildings along Calle Linares, with row upon row of charms and offerings to Pachamama. Earthenware figures each represent a request for good luck in different contexts. The monkey promises good fortune and prosperity, the tortoise signifies a long life and the owl, perhaps more obviously, symbolises wisdom. These are just a few of the offerings and it is easy to come away with a huge range of charms promising love, family protection, safe travel and mental stability. Herbal teas, matés and remedies for all sorts of ailments are also available as well as a plates of lurid-looking sweets with fake dollar bills and confetti-like decorations, also to be used as offerings. Truly superstitious believers can hunt out a fortune teller in the market who will claim to predict the future for a small fee. The definitive offering is the llama foetus and all the stalls have them in abundance. The proper procedure of the ritual is to drizzle a little red wine over the foetus and set fire to it as a gift to Pachamama who in return will bestow eternal good luck and happiness – worth a try if you can stomach it.

Caroline Calvert

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