The Chipayas peopleThe Chipayas people

The Chipayas people

This community, one of the oldest of Latin America, live for centuries in almost total self-sufficiency in a particularly hostile environment, the Bolivian high plain, to the north of “Salar de Coipasa”.

This community is remarkable and noticeable because the people achieved to keep their special and own identity though the ages and, despite the various attempts to annex and assimilate from the Tiwanakota, the Aymara, the Quechua/Inca and the Spanish. Today, this community lives the stresses of new religions and Protestant sects.

Over the centuries, this people kept its own language, the Puquina, structurally different from the Aymara, the Quechua or from any pre-Hispanic language. It has also keep its own world view, where Nature rules and demons share their daily life, legends from its own origin, descendant of “water-men”, magic rites and, on 2 November, the cult of the dead (which are annually unearthed to be feed and bless in order to avoid troubles in the Beyond). They have also keep their organization and social hierarchy, where intergenerational interaction has an important role to play in the transmission of component from the cultural identity.

Clothes are also very distinctive: men are used to wear brown/beige clothes and women brush their hair into numerous and small braids. The visit of the village is very limited as a result of their desire to preserve their cultural specificity.

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