Carnaval de Oruro 2013
Carnaval de Oruro - Bolivia
Carnaval de Oruro/Bolivia - Diablada
“El Carnaval de Oruro” is the second largest Carnival in South America, second only to Rio de Janeiro. It starts with a spectacular “Entrada” on Saturday before “Mardi Gras” and the festivities keep going all throughout the week. The colourful parade is truly spectacular and is a great testimony to Bolivia’s vibrant cultural heritage. In 2001 Oruro’s Carnaval was proclaimed by UNESCO “Masterpiece of Oral Heritage and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”
On the photography side, It was a bit challenging with the amount of water balloons and shaving cream being thrown around. I also didn’t have accreditations to shoot on the main avenue but I did anyways (and a couple off times was told to get the hell out by the cops).
More pictures Here
The three-day Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia, which started on Saturday with much fanfare and feasts, will be marked by folk dances, parades and more cultural and religious activities. Dancers from various groups performed during the carnival parade in Oruro. Oruro is a mining and commercial city of more than 200,000 people, located some 124m (200km) south of the country’s capital of La Paz. The Bolivian carnival is about 2000-year-old religious festival that happens in the city of Oruro, dubbed as the folk capital of Bolivia, where partying and religious rituals mingle freely during the carnival celebrations.
El Tio - Las Minas del Cerro Rico, Potosí, Bolivia
In the mines of highland Bolivia, “El Tío” is the familiar name for the spirit owner of the mountain, who is also known as Huari or Supay. The words “El Tío” are Spanish for “the uncle” and evince the relationship of patronage that the miners have with the spirit. He is associated with pre-Hispanic huacas as well as the Christian Devil and is a central figure in the ritual life of Bolivian mining communities. An icon of the Tío is situated in each mineshaft to receive sacrificial offerings of alcohol, coca, cigarettes, llama blood and other ritual items from the miners in return for his goodwill and his guarantee of good health and good fortune in the mines.
ABOUTRecuerdos de Bolivia.