Other ancient ritual
Last November 7th. It took place an ancient ritual ceremony at the main public graveyard in La Paz, Bolivia. Lots of people taking in their hands skulls enter the graveyard. In some cases, these are the skulls from a member of the family, in other cases they were found at a graveyard or they were taken from an ancient grave called “chullperio”.
Skulls are beautifully adorned with a kind of crown of flowers, some of them wear hats and glasses. Skulls have names and generally people asks their names before offering them flowers or candles.
The owners of these skulls say that it is good to have a skull at home because he or she protects to all members of the family. After the visit to the graveyard, owners of the skulls offer a party.
A historical document of sixteen century says that November was known as the month to take dead people. Part of this document says, "This month dead people are taken from the places where they used to be put called pucullo, they are given food and drink, they are dressed with the best clothes, plumes are put on their heads and people sing and dance with them. After being taken from house to house, along the streets and squares, they are returned to theis pucullus, giving food for the main ones in gold plate..."
The third picture shows the way it is used to be done this ritual long time ago.