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December 12, 2013

Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony

The Kallawaya people, who make their home high in the Bolivian Andes, developed intricate systems of traditional medicinal practices and belief. These practices, steeped in a specialized vocabulary, help keep the Kallawaya language alive. At the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Kallawaya participants involved the audience in a ritual blessing for women.