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Daemon
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Alasitas Fair

Each year on this day, a large marketplace in La Paz, Bolivia, is full of merchants who traditionally call out "Alasitas," an Aymara word meaning "buy from me," to potential buyers of their miniature wares. Shoppers can find tiny replicas of just about every kind of object—cars, houses, foods, furniture, clothes, tools, household goods, and, especially, money—and seek those which represent items they would like to have in the coming year. Presiding over all this downsized commerce is Ekeko, an Aymara god of material wealth, fertility, and good luck. More...
Kirk Stephens
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I like the term "downsized commerce." :-)
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Who is Ekeko, Bolivia’s God of Plenty?

Ekeko (‘dwarf’ in Aymará) is the household god and it is not unusual for Bolivians to have a representation of this short and chubby, happy-looking fellow with a mustache and dressed in Andean clothes in their home. To ensure good luck the statue should be received as a gift and not be personally bought. Ekeko brings wealth to the family and keeps misfortune at bay.

To obtain the favor of fortune, Bolivians like to present Ekeko with miniatures – mostly made of a sugary substance – of things they would like to own. This can be a house, a car, furniture, clothes, an airplane but also food. A miniature passport may be bought if one has the wish to travel, a university diploma in case one wants to study or when graduation is near.

http://www.notesonslowtravel.com/alasitas-festival/
Omar Mariani
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Why do people buy the miniatures? Because they are interested in the miniatures or because this is part of another primitive superstition? This is the XXI century, isn´t it?
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bolivia is more dangerous than mexico
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