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bonanza
大当たり、幸運
bill
札(後出 wad は札束)
prosperity
繁栄
Aymara
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)
indigenous
先住民の
recognition
承認
pre-Columbian
コロンブス(のアメリカ大陸発見)前の
U.N.'s ... agency
国連教育科学文化機関(UNESCO)のこと
ritual journey
(ここでは)一連の儀式
La Paz
事実上の首都
Intangible ... Humanity
人類の無形文化遺産
livelihood
暮らし
appliance
(電気)器具
diploma
卒業証書(後出 degree は学位)
abundance
豊かさ
bless ~ with ...
~に…を授ける(写真説明の bless は清める)
pudgy
ずんぐりした
mustached
口ひげのある
grain
穀物
faith
信仰
【写真説明】 accompany ~
~に同行する
vendor
露天商人

Bolivian Bonanza   

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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