Jesus del Gran Poder (Religious and folk festival)

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Bolivian Dances (Part I): Morenada Jan 27, 2014
The dance of the dark have their origin in the early silver mines in the early seventeenth century of the colony, satirizing the suffering and the captive black life unfolding in the territory of Bolivia (formerly Upper Peru).

In 1555 there were black groups captives in the magnificent entrance of Potosi, with a slow front of their masters, which rise to the recreation of the dance of the dark, as in Oruro and Poopo had processions with the participation of black captives, besides these captives partook of the holy week, playing for Mass noisemakers as the procession of the Holy Sepulchre.

The morenada represents the painful walk of black slaves to the mines of Oruro and Potosi mita and times of the parcel.

The rattles mark the passing of his feet shackled, and when they all revolve endlessly, is that a black abyss is dragging ciated with others, noises in the chain, black advanced, laden with riches beyond, under the whip of foreman.

There are many fraternities who dance the dance in different folk entries that exist in Bolivia.


En español


La danza de los morenos tienen origen en las primeras minas de plata al inicio en el siglo XVII de la colonia, satirizando el sufrimiento y la vida del cautivo negro que se desarrollaba en el territorio de Bolivia (antes llamado alto Perú).

En 1555 se presentaron grupos de cautivos negros en la fastuosa entrada de Potosí, con una marcha lenta delante de sus amos, la cual motivo a la recreación de la danza de los moreno, lo mismo en Oruro y Poopo había procesiones con la participación de los cautivos negros, además estos cautivos participaban de la semana santa, tocando matracas para la misa como en la procesión del santo sepulcro.

La morenada representa la dolorosa caminata de los esclavos negros hacia las minas de Oruro y Potosí en tiempos de la mita y la encomienda.

Las matracas marcan el paso de los pies encadenados, y cuando todas ellas giran sin parar, son que un negro ha ciado al abismo arrastrando consigo a los demás, ruidos por la cadena, los negros avanzan, cargados de riquezas ajenas, bajo el chicote del caporal.

Existen innumerables fraternidades que bailan esta danza en las diferentes entradas folklóricas que existen en Bolivia.
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vulindlela says:
Posted on: Feb 07, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
Congrats on being featured!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2014
joehobo says:
Pretty women great parade ... ;)
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014
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wilfredoc2009 wilfredo…
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Bolivian Dances (Part III): Tinku Nov 01, 2011
The confrontation T'inku a ritual that takes place in populations of Northern and Southern Oruro Potosi Bolivia. The meaning of the word T'inku is "meeting" (from the Quechua word t'inkuy, meet).

This ritual is still practiced in the communities of the region called North Potosí, being preserved and passed from one generation to another to promote the practice of ancestral and cultural heritage.

The t'inku is native to the region inhabited by the Laimes and Jucumanis (Quechua communities), north of the department of Potosí. This meeting is held annually ritual called T'inku fights take place among men (but also among women and children) in both communities. Usually the fights should be one to one, but sometimes excessive beer consumption leads to fights together, which can cause serious injury and even death.

It is practiced as a rite of mingling with the usual ceremonial, philosophy and religion of the natives for their mystical devotion. Within the T'inku obviously there is also music and dance (communities often come up playing the Hula-Hula rates, but do not touch in the cities and is marketed tinku).

Fighters that stand between the "Warakkaku" and "Makhanaku" who are facing melee develop their different fighting techniques in a manly warrior. According to legend, one of the fighters who have been vanquished must shed their blood in abundance as a sacrifice or offering, this, for Mother Earth, commonly known as the Pachamama these communities, so that in that year the harvest is plentiful .

The dance of "Tinku" danced in different cities in Bolivia and in the fighting itself is only represented as an artistic expression, such as fighting and clumps in various combat systems (fight like judo and boxing, as also military training exercises that are practiced in the United States). This representation is seen in this dance, truthfully happens in this region of Potosí and in some localities mainly in the Andean country.

During combat, these communities also use traditional weapons typical of the Incas as the bowlers, whips, bows and so on.

Some anthropologists believe that the tradition of Tinku is equivalent to the Moche culture, where neighboring tribes fight each year. Finally, the term means tinku struggle and fight, as well tryst.

Lately, the fights are being controlled and supervised by a referee, similar as in a knockout tournament, these referees are the heads of these communities, the Chief and the Mayor. Who by demonstrating his gift of authority and as a means of coercion and obedience, brandishing a whip against those who do not observe the previously agreed rules.
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wilfredoc2009 wilfredo…
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Bolivian Dances (Part II): La Diablada Oct 31, 2011
The diablada born in the Viceroyalty of Peru in the mid-sixteenth century in Oruro, Bolivia today. The dance portrays the struggle between good and evil, the clash of two cultures.

In 1550 to celebrate the wedding of Spanish nobles in the region represented a 'farce' in which a group of devils with Lucifer as a leader, act in a verbal fight choreography and a gang led by winged angels the Archangel Gabriel, who got his own way and banish the underworld to the earth.

Since then popular dance that was born as many historians say was created by a group of priests for teaching catechism to the Indians of the Altiplano.

The Devil represents the syncretism that seeks to unite two different cultures, in this case the indigenous with the Spanish. Mix the Andean world rhythms and the world.

The mixture Diablada Oruro's evoke Christian deities and figures from the mining of the area.

The diablada, dances in groups of two rows, to the strains of a band of musicians, in the execution of the dance the dancers move with enough agility, making spectacular leaps, fierce movements, throwing grunts and laughter deaf hell.


En Español


La diablada nace en el Virreinato del Perú a mediados del siglo XVI en Oruro, actualmente Bolivia. La danza escenifica la lucha entre el bien y el mal, el choque de dos culturas.

En 1550 al celebrarse la boda de unos nobles españoles en la región se representó una ‘farsa’ en la que un grupo de diablos, con Lucifer como líder, actúan en una lucha coreográfica y verbal contra una banda alada de ángeles dirigidos por el Arcángel San Gabriel, quienes al final logran imponerse y desterrar al submundo a los diablos.

Desde entonces nació el popular baile que según afirman muchos cronistas fue creado por un grupo de sacerdotes para dar catequesis a los indígenas de la zona altiplánica.

La diablada representa el sincretismo que busca unir dos culturas distintas, en este caso la indígena con la española. Se mezclan los ritmos y la cosmovisión andina del mundo.

La Diablada orureña mezcla las referencias cristianas con tales que evocan deidades y figuras del ámbito minero de la zona.

La Diablada se baila en grupo de dos filas, a los acordes de una banda de músicos, en la ejecución de la danza los danzarines se desplazan con bastante agilidad, dando espectaculares saltos, movimientos feroces, lanzando sordos gruñidos y carcajadas infernales.
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wilfredoc2009 wilfredo…
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The feast folk of the Lord May 29, 2010
The feast of the Lord "Jesus del Gran Poder" is traditional and customary in the city of La Paz, has its origins in the popular area of Great Power, known as the neighborhood of Ch'ijini and celebrated with an extraordinary show folk in honor of the image venerated in the Temple de la Calle Antonio Gallardo.

There are many dances of Bolivia, these dances narrating the next go reviews


En español


La festividad del señor "Jesús del Gran Poder" es tradicional y costumbrista de la ciudad de La Paz, tiene su origen en la populosa Zona del Gran Poder, conocida como el barrio de Ch’ijini y que se celebra con una extraordinaria demostración folclórica en honor de la imagen que se venera en el Templo de la Calle Antonio Gallardo.

Existen numerosas danzas propias de Bolivia, estas danzas se las iré narrando en proximos reviews
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world-traveller123 says:
Good work!
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014
montecarlostar says:
Felicidades en tu feature, Wilfredo!
Posted on: Dec 25, 2010
vulindlela says:
Posted on: Dec 25, 2010

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