Friday, June 5, 2009

Primer Viernes

Today is the first Friday of the month of June, which means it is time for the q'owa. On the first Friday of every month, Bolivians burn ritual offerings to the Pachamama, purifying their homes of any bad spirits that may be inhabiting the premises and ensuring themselves prosperity in the weeks ahead. Walking down the streets of Cochabamba on a night like this, one strolls through clouds of sweet fragrant smoke billowing out of every house and shop. I can smell it even now.

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