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El Tío  
   

El Tío

Statue of the devil that they have a ceremony for every friday. The mountain is supposedly a woman ¨Pachamama¨ (mother earth) and el tío represents a few things. His big dong = proportionate to the big mountain in order to continue reproducing the minerals and continue mining. Llama fetus by his feet = the devil has to eat something so the miners leave that meat so he doesn´t eat the men (about 30 miners die every year). cocoa leaves (curbs appetite and keeps you awake, they don´t eat while working in the mines), alcohol (about 96 proof, fuerte!!), and cigarettes are things that consume everyday in the mines.
Potosí, Bolivia

February 8th 2010
After el solar de Uyunia, Paul and I headed to Potosí, town at the highest alititude in the world! When the spaniards were in Potosí, they were mining for silver, there is no silver left today but the mines are still working in order to derive low quality zinc. I went on a tour through the mines where there are men working all around you like it´s the 1800´s- pushing the metal cards on the rai ... read more
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Bolivian Flag Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1... ... read more
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