- 札（後出 wad は札束）
- アイマラ族（ボリビアやペルーの先住民）（後出 native Aymara はアイマラ族の人、Andean はアンデス山脈住民の）
- U.N.'s ... agency
- ritual journey
- La Paz
- Intangible ... Humanity
- 卒業証書（後出 degree は学位）
- bless ～ with ...
- ～に…を授ける（写真説明の bless は清める）
- 【写真説明】 accompany ～
Every year, thousands of Bolivians head to the two-week Alasitas festival to buy miniature cars, houses and toy dollar bills symbolizing their dreams of prosperity in one of South America's poorest countries.
But this year, they're not the only believers in the festival with roots in Aymara indigenous traditions.
Bolivia's first indigenous president celebrated on Jan. 24 the recent recognition of the pre-Columbian tradition by the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency. The ritual journeys in La Paz during Alasitas were added in December by UNESCO to its representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
"Now we have the opportunity for international organizations to recognize our livelihood and our heritage," President Evo Morales, a native Aymara, said at the opening of the fair that begins every Jan. 24.
The Aymara indigenous word "alasita" means "buy me."
Tiny items, from kitchen appliances to college diplomas, are taken home and placed around Ekeko, the god of abundance who the Aymara people believe will bless them with better lives in the coming year.
Hopeful consumers also buy statues of Ekeko. He is often presented as a short, pudgy, mustached man who wears traditional Andean clothes and carries baskets of grains.
"I asked for my college degree, and I got it. You need to come with faith," said Lucia Bustillos, a lawyer who attended the festival with her husband and purchased a house, cars and tiny wads of euros representing the couple's wishes for the new year. (AP)
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