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Sacrifice and myth in Potosi mines by Dany Krom in Bolivia

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The customs and beliefs of Andean people are a hybrid of catholic religion and old beliefs. One of its highest expressions is within the Bolivian mining culture that worships the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth), the Celestial Divinity personified in the Catholic God and "El Tio" of the mine (Satan). To the latter, who rules the underworld, they make offerings with sacrifices of llamas inside the mines to ask for protection in the depths of the mountain and abundant mineral.


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