Every year in November, the Bolivians celebrate an unusual holiday called “Day of the skulls” or “Natitas”. On this day the people of Bolivia bring to the cemetery for the consecration of the skull of their relatives, they cherish the house. Bolivians believe that the skulls of deceased relatives bring them good luck and are protective talismans.
1. In Bolivia – a country that has preserved the tradition and transform the Indians – there are a lot of strange “Catholic” rites.For example, November 8, is celebrated the holiday known as the Day of the skulls, or “Day of natitas.”
4. On the feast of the skull is decorated with flowers, garlands, beads, sunglasses and generally everybody what the imagination will suffice
5. During the festival, the grateful descendants also “treat” the skull, bringing them alcoholic drinks, cigars and coca leaves.
6. It is believed that Natitas souls of the dead returned to earth, and for them to bring good luck, you need to get them to put the skull and at the entrance to the house.
7. This holiday is analogous to the Mexican holiday ” Day of the Dead “, which is celebrated on November 1-2, and Day of the skulls celebrate on November 8-9.
8. Bolivians believe that a person has seven souls, and one of them remains in the skeleton after burial. When the other souls went to heaven, the remains of the dead are dug, skulls bring home and start to take care of them. If not taken care of, the skull can bring misfortune to the family, cause a bad harvest, and even destroy the family. But if a skull is properly taken care of, the skull has family patronage. Once a year, take out the skull on the street and go with them, usually at the city cemetery.
9. The Bolivian Catholic Church called on the faithful to stop using attributes in the form of human skulls during the celebrations, as tradition originates from occult practices.
10. Archbishop of La Paz Edmund Abastoflor warns that many skulls actually belong to unknown people. Sometimes obtained as a result of the desecration of graves, after which they are stored, are presented as a gift, or even sold. The Archbishop called on those who practice Andean ritual, let the dead rest in peace.