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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve in Cuenca

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been very fascinating. I have been watching the numbers of stuffed bodies and masks growing by the day. They are for sell in every section of town.

Headless bodies...

Heads for bodies....

Bodies with heads...

It is a tradition in Cuenca to burn these dummies. The faces of the heads are mostly hand made and represent politicians and other public figures. People buy them and assemble their victim and on New Year's Eve the fires begin to burn. If one has a beef with another person, they just torch them at midnight. Seems a little like voodoo, but actually it is done all in fun.

They are made of flammable materials....

Here is a body with a BIG head (wonder if this is mean't to be literal?)

There is an excellent blog all about this tradition on Cuenca Highlife.

We are looking forward to witnessing some of the celebrations tonight.


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