Herbs, Potions, Brews, and Witch's Ware by phil decocco

Herbs, Potions, Brews, and Witch's Ware by 

Among the many items sold at the witch’s market in La Paz, Bolivia, are dried llama fetuses that are said to bring both prosperity and good luck, dried frogs used for Aymara rituals, soapstone figurines, aphrodisiac formulas, owl feathers, dried turtles and snakes, herbs, and folk remedies. Witch doctors in dark hats and dresses wander through the market offering fortune-telling services.

The dried llama fetuses are the most prominent product available at the market. These animals are fairly large and are used throughout the country, buried in the foundations of new buildings as an offering to the goddess Pachamama. It is believed that the buried llama fetuses keep construction workers safe, but these are only use

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  • lezvee
    lezvee9 months ago

    Its a good shot but the picture gives me the shivers. It’s so bizarre

  • lesley
    the customs run into around the world often make me wonder just how civilized and sophisticated as a people we are…this is an example, yet to be respected.

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton9 months ago

    Makes me wonder if gods choose us or we choose our gods… I think the latter or else we would all be in agreement and wars would end. < Food for thought? Good one, Phil. :-)

  • pete
    putting all the various teachings aside…..this would seem to support we choose them in the absence of “stuff” we need to explain and protect ourselves…how could one believe that burying a llama fetus would protect anything, unless we wanted it to believe it. Personally, I use dead goldfishes…….

    – phil decocco

  • WildestArt
    WildestArt9 months ago

  • Kay
    a most unusual thing to have seen…thanks for this one!

    – phil decocco

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld9 months ago

  • ctw
    many thanks for this feature…so many things to see in the world…so little time

    – phil decocco

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