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Raising Their Hands To The Sun

Bolivia Aymara New Year

Indigenous Bolivians usher in the Aymara New Year 5524. As the sun rises over Illimani mountain, Bolivia.

They  make offerings to Mother Earth, Pachamama, in search of a bountiful crop by burning LLama fetuses and fat, sweets and incense. Festivities are filled with traditional bonfire, music and dance. 2 million Bolivians trace their heritage to the Aymara. The group is a cultural minority in a land where 36 ethnic groups are recognized. Bolivia's president Evo Morales is an Aymara and the country's 1st indigenous leader. He's declared the Aymaran New Year a national holiday.