BOLIVIA: The Devilishness

In the windswept Bolivian tin-mining center of Oruro, garishly garbed Indian miners paraded through the streets last week behind some 60 mules and oxen laden with silverware and assorted household objects. Arriving at the Church of the Virgin of the Cave, patroness of Oruro tin diggers, the marchers symbolically offered their silver and china to the Virgin —just as their ancestors brought metal and pottery objects to their gods to seek good fortune. Then an Indian cast in the role of Lucifer, masked and cloaked in red velvet, capered into the area before the church doors. Thus began La...

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