Photographer's Note

Llama foetuses at the Mercado de Hecheceria (Witches Market).

Much of the produce at the market is the more conventional witchcraft products: lucky charms, powders to curse your enemy, figurines of an eclectic mix of dieties, herbal remedies, etc.

The llama foetuses, though, are particularly Altiplano: They are required anytime a house or building is being constructed and must be buried below the foundations. Pachamama, as well as being the earth-mother goddess, is in charge of earthquakes. If you don't give her a llama foetus to eat, she will send an earthquake to eat your house.

Many houses on the altipano also have a pair of pottery bulls on the roof. When the house is completed, the pottery bulls are filled with chicha (maize beer) - the first glugs are spilled on to the earth for Pachamama to enjoy, much of the rest is shared between owners and builders, the bulls are then cemented to the roof for posterity and luck.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-02
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.3, 1/100 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-08-11 6:41
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