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   It's that special day of the year when a Bolivian cult pulls out the skulls of their ancestors and plays dress-up with them

09 Nov 2012 12:43 PM   |   2410 clicks   |   Sky.com
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Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I'd ask to be a pirate. Yaaarrr!

09 Nov 2012 09:21 AM
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kbronsito    [TotalFark]  
i wonder how close this is to the mummy worship of the inca. unlike egyptians and others, the inca used to keep their mummified nobles around and acted as though they were still alive. Priests were assigned to "speak for" or convey the thoughts of the mummified nobles. i guess it was kind of like weekend at Bernie's in some ways. apparently since these people never "really died", their children didn't get to inherit their lands or palaces. the priests basically got to stay in the homes of dead nobles to tend to them (which i would think its a much, much sweeter deal than being killed and buried to join a mummified ruler in the afterlife). this whole cult was apparently a driving force for expanding the empire, since new rulers needed new lands because their dead parents and grandparents still had some form of ownership over their old palaces and territories.

09 Nov 2012 10:24 AM
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Somacandra    [TotalFark]  
Syncretic indigenous religious practices, how do they work?

09 Nov 2012 10:40 AM
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Burr     
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Murray: I am a powerful demonic force! I am the harbinger of your doom! And the forces of darkness will applaud me as I STRIDE through the gates of hell carrying your head on a pike!
Guybrush Threepwood: 'Stride?'
Murray: All right then, 'ROLL! ROLL through the gates of hell.' Must you take the fun out of everything?
Guybrush Threepwood: You're about as fearsome as a doorstop.
Murray: Is it a really EVIL-looking doorstop?

09 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  

Sybarite: I'd ask to be a pirate. Yaaarrr!


Too bad; I hear they found the skull of Helen of Troy and are using it for the baudy puppet show this year. I guess, I could take one for the team.

09 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
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Bongo Blue     
Who wants to buy cheap Chinese skull knock-offs every year?

09 Nov 2012 12:55 PM
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uncleacid     
It's hard to wear sunglasses when you have no ears.

09 Nov 2012 01:08 PM
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Nina9     
FTA: "Bolivia's archbishop criticised the 'Day of the Skulls' the five years ago, saying it distorted the Catholic faith."

This made me laugh.

09 Nov 2012 01:17 PM
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Nick Nostril     

Bongo Blue: Who wants to buy cheap Chinese skull knock-offs every year?


Excellent point. It seems the Bolivians are ahead of the curve with their green movement.

/ now you'll excuse me while I go have a brown movement

09 Nov 2012 01:37 PM
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JFarker131     
I spent a summer in La Paz and Santa Cruz when I was a teenager, it's a pretty cool place. All the locals are still very connected with their dead families, and go to a lot of effort to honor them in various ways. Other than the ridiculously large spiders and niguas, these nasty little worms that burrow into your toes and lay eggs, it was a lovely place, and most everyone was kind and appreciative for any help they were given.

09 Nov 2012 02:02 PM
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Therion    [TotalFark]  

JFarker131: Other than the ridiculously large spiders and niguas, these nasty little worms that burrow into your toes and lay eggs


nasty little worms that burrow into your toes and lay eggs

nasty little worms that burrow into your toes and lay eggs

nasty little worms that burrow into your toes and lay eggs


Niguas, please.

09 Nov 2012 02:18 PM
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fat boy     

Nina9: FTA: "Bolivia's archbishop criticised the 'Day of the Skulls' the five years ago, saying it distorted the Catholic faith."

This made me laugh.


farkin bead jigglers, always trying to spoil the fun.

09 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
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dj1s     
I'm cool with this, look what we do with our old dead people...we elect them to congress!

09 Nov 2012 02:33 PM
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superfudge73     
www.stanford.edu

09 Nov 2012 03:57 PM
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Baz the Spaz     
Offer them cigarettes? Don't they know smoking causes cancer? WTF!

09 Nov 2012 04:36 PM
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dmcman73     
Approves:

apsmith.net

09 Nov 2012 04:38 PM
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blender61     
I would imagine that within the cultural context this both both quite comforting and humbling.

09 Nov 2012 09:31 PM
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feanorn     
They do look happy about it.

09 Nov 2012 10:01 PM
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belhade     
That's what happens when you live ten years alone in Bolivia. You get colorful.

10 Nov 2012 12:08 AM
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