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Last Day In Bolivia   Leave a comment

Lake Titicaca Sunset-2-72Lake Titicaca Sunset — Image by kenne

To see the sunset is to recall the earth.

— kenne

 

Posted September 26, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, Lake Titicaca, Philosophy, Photography

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Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-Two Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaMichael is pointing to where most of the hotels and restaurants are on the Isla del Sol.
We docked for lunch in a cove just west of there.

BoliviaThe captain’s daughter helps tie the boat to the dock.

BoliviaLake Titicaca has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated.

Isla del Sol-23-72.jpgLunch on a deck overlooking Lake Titicaca.

BoliviaLunch On The Isla del Sol

BoliviaLunch On The Isla del Sol

Lunch On The Isla del Sol

BoliviaView of Lake Titicaca — Images by kenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessing Of The Automobiles   Leave a comment

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Since the 1950s, Copacabana has become a focal point of this modern-day Bolivian pilgrimage
known as the Bendición de Movilidades (Blessing of the Automobiles). 

BoliviaMichael is explaining the ceremony to Ty and Matt.

Every weekend and most weekdays, new car owners
from Bolivia and Peru will line-up the cars to be blessed. 

Basiluca of Our Lady of Copabana Car Blessing-12-72.jpg

BoliviaA priest who sprinkles beer on the each car while reciting a prayer.

BoliviaThe owners decorate their vehicle and often have champagne to celebrate the event, often by spraying the vehicle.

BoliviaVenders under blue tents are selling plastic and fresh flowers colorful streamers, pinwheels and hats.

BoliviaMichael buying some Bolivian popcorn — Images by kenne

 

La Morenada Traditional Dancer   Leave a comment

Basiluca of Our Lady of Copabana-10-2-Edit-1-art-2-72.jpgLa Morenada Traditional Dancer — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The word “moreno” means “dark” in Spanish. This music and its dance are from La Paz and involve a lot of drums and rattles. Over the years trumpets, trombones and cymbals were added. This traditional Bolivian dance also originated with the African slaves brought to Bolivia from Africa to work on haciendas; however, this music comes from the area of Lake Titicaca, high on the Bolivian Altiplano (the high plateau that surrounds La Paz) not the tropical Yungas region.https://www.boliviabella.com/bolivian-music-types.html

La Morenada   1 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

 

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

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)

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