Skulls, flowers, cigarettes and memories: Bolivians celebrate Day of Skulls


Bolivians honoured skulls, called "natitas", as part of an ancient tradition rooted in indigenous practices they believe brings good fortune and protection. The natitas spend most of the year indoors, but on The Day of Skulls they are decorated and paraded to the cemetery a week after All Saints Day. The tradition is believed to have its roots in the Urus Chipaya custom of disinterring the corpses of loved ones at the one-year anniversary of their death.

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