The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Blanca Wiethüchter, Sinclair Thomson, 2018. "All Saints Massacre", The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Sinclair Thomson, Rossana Barragán, Xavier Albó, Seemin Qayum, Mark Goodale
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According to Catholic teaching, All Saints Day, on 1 November, is a time to celebrate the saints and martyrs who reside in the celestial sphere, and All Souls Day, on 2 November, a time to pray that the deceased may find new life in heaven. In Andean popular culture, one of the distinctive features of the religious ceremonies is the baking of small, childlike figurines (t’antawawas; literally, children made of bread) representing the souls of the departed and a feast with alcoholic libations and festooned cornucopia of fruit and bread. The ceremonies culminate on the 2nd, when family...