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La Morenada   Leave a comment

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana-12-72.jpgBasilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

When we arrived in Copacabana near the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
we could hear a brass band playing in the Basilica’s plaza.
Clearly, on this sunny Saturday morning, a ceremony of some sort was taking place.

BoliviaOnce we were inside the plaza there were women and men of all ages
in very colorful customs dancing to the music.

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana-9-72.jpgThe dance is a traditional dance in Bolivia called La Morenada.
Anthropologists say the dance is a satire, inspired by the suffering of black slaves
who were brought to Bolivia to work in the Andean silver mines. 

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La Morenada is easily recognizable in a procession because it has various characteristics:

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There are many rattles and drums, groups of women are dressed
in polleras (multilayered skirts) with bowler hats,
while men wear costumes that supposedly represent barrels
and wear silver or black masks (Morenada means ‘black’).

The origin of La Morenada stems from Lake Titicaca,
based on 200/300-year-old cave paintings found there, depicting these dances.

Video and Images by kenne

 

Copacabana, Bolivia — Lake Titicaca   Leave a comment

BoliviaCopacabana, Bolivia On Lake Titicaca — Image by kenne

In the green morning
I wanted to be a heart.
A heart.And in the ripe evening
I wanted to be a nightingale.
A nightingale.

(Soul,
turn orange-colored.
Soul,
turn the color of love.)

In the vivid morning
I wanted to be myself.
A heart.

And at the evening’s end
I wanted to be my voice.
A nightingale.

Soul,
turn orange-colored.
Soul,
turn the color of love.

— Federico García Lorca

On The Road To Copacabana, Bolivia   Leave a comment

BoliviaCut Flowers, Tquina, Bolivia — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

— Claude Monet

Lake Titicaca Sunset   Leave a comment

Lake Titicaca Sunset-Edit-2-art-72.jpgLake Titicaca Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

High atop the Andes, between Bolivia and Peru,
sits the birthplace of the Incas, sacred Lake Titicaca.
A powerhouse of nature through and through,
it was created by the Inca god of the lake, Viracocha.

— from “Sacred Lake Titicaca” by Pandita Sanchez

 

La Paz Market Street   Leave a comment

BoliviaLa Paz Market Street — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bodies pass through the world exchanging gifts
inscribing one another like a mutual tattoo
forcing them to see each other in mirrors and
be known in the sights of beasts and birds

. . . bodies are the center of remorse.

— Juan Carlos Orihuela (La Paz)

Cholita Grandma –Photo-Essay   3 comments

Our next stop was Tiquina where we took a boat across to the peninsula that Copacabana is on.
Waiting for the boat I noticed a Cholita grandma who I pictorially followed to covered our crossing.

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Lower Lake Titicaca   Leave a comment

BoliviaWe continue on HWY #2 out of El Alto passing through Batalla.Road To Lake Titicaca-3-72.jpgSoon we begin to see parts of Lower Lake Titicaca.Lower Lake TiticacaLower Lake Titicaca. The lake is bordered by both Bolivia and Peru,
and from where we stood we could see Puno in Peru. BoliviaLower Lake Titicaca
BoliviaMichael shares some history and geography of Titicaca.BoliviaWe are standing at approximately 13,000 above sea level
where the high temperature
for this time of year is about 60 degrees.
Our next stop will be Tiquina where we will take a boat
across to the peninsula that Copacabana is on.
— Images by kenne

 

 

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