Scorned by a lover? Suffering from an oppressive boss? Or do you simply wish for good luck, fame and fortune?
Then step right up to the Witches’ Market in La Paz, Bolivia. Located in Calle Linares the street is lined with stores providing bizarre wares. It is also where witches, medicine women, folk doctors, astrologers, fortune tellers, sorcerers live and work.
AND for a boliviano or two you can take some purty pictures…just be careful not to show it to the feint of heart or to sweet little children.
The Witches’ Market Decoder
- Llama fetus (dried): To protect the house. An estimated 99% of Bolivian families have a dried llama fetus thrown under the foundations of their house for luck.
- Llama fetus (burnt on a plate of sweets and herbs): To ensure luck for a new business venture.
- Dried frogs: For money. If you stick a cigarette in your frog’s mouth, your chances of striking it rich will increase.
- Bolivian armadillos: Kind of like a Chubb alarm. Stick one above the entrance to your house, and it will prevent thieves from entering
- Amulette d’amor (ceramic couple embracing): To get yourself hitched.
What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve seen?