The living 'chase' souls of dead back to heaven at Bolivian festival

The people of Cochabamba marked All Saints' Day by holding the traditional Andean festival — 'Cacharpaya' on Friday. The ancient custom sees one person personifying the dead dancing around the cemetery while he chases the family of the deceased with a whip. «The person representing the soul says goodbye to the wife, children, uncles, in-laws, to the entire family. We perform the dance so that... Еще the soul leaves happy and we use the whip so that the relatives behave well,» explains Christian who performed the 'Cacharpaya'. All Saints' festivities in Bolivia begin on November 1 reaching their crescendo the following day at local cemeteries.

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