Culture and Customs of Bolivia by Javier A. Galván

By Javier A. Galván

Bolivia has lengthy been overlooked by way of North American historians and anthropologists. Now, writer Javier A. Galv?n fills this hole with a e-book that analyzes the advanced cultures of this South American state in the context of its wealthy background and modern traditions.The first 1/2 this article is devoted to how and the place humans live—detailed geography, social traditions, non secular practices, political associations, and Bolivian food and tradition. the various spiritual and linguistic traditions of the indigenous teams that contain the vast majority of the nationwide inhabitants also are defined, giving readers a deeper appreciation for the range of Bolivia's personality. the second one half the booklet explores the inventive expertise of Bolivians who're advancing the literary events, portray types, architectural layout, theater productions, model layout, and rising movie of the rustic. tradition and Customs of Bolivia additionally contains a distinctive research of latest print and broadcasting media.

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They were well armed and better trained for war and battle than the Incas. Upon their arrival, they found out that the Inca leader, Huyna Capac, had recently died. As a result, they found the Inca Empire in a brutal civil war between two brothers—Huascar and Atahualpa—disputing who should be the next Inca ruler. Atahualpa eventually defeated his brother. So, the Spanish met with the winning party of Atahualpa, and then put him in prison. The loyal people paid a gold ransom for his return, but the Spanish killed him anyway.

During the early 1800s, a steep decline of silver production in Potosı´ prompted the abandonment of almost 90 percent of the silver mines. This was an economic blow to the city, which resulted in a mass exodus of people; even today, Potosı´ has still not quite recovered from these historical and economic events. By the early 1800s, the creole population (Spaniards born in the Americas) became resentful due to the lack of access to high ecclesiastical and 18 CULTURE AND CUSTOMS OF BOLIVIA government posts, which were reserved only for peninsulares (Spaniards born in Spain).

The Catholic Church also amassed large quantities of land, and it became a powerful financial institution based on money-lending practices. In the meantime, the indigenous population integrated the new religion imposed upon them with their own beliefs. They developed a religiouspagan syncretism that has lasted for over 500 years and is still part of modern-day Bolivian culture. The general result was that most of the Aymara population now declares itself Roman Catholic, even though they have adopted and molded their own view of Christianity.

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