Catholics Break Rocks to Break Bad Luck Streaks
Elly Park - Reuters
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September 6, 2016
Bolivian Catholics break rocks to try luck (Reuters)
Every year, on the third week of August, thousands of Bolivian Catholics gather on the outskirts of capital La Paz to take a swing at fortune by breaking rocks. The rite is performed to call for the blessing of the Virgin of Urkupina.
Legend has it that Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd girl to instruct her to take rocks from this dried river that miraculously turned into silver when she reached home.
When a rock is easily split, their wish will be soon fulfilled. If believers have more difficulty striking and splitting the rock, it will take more time.
This unique ritual, mixing Catholic and local culture, hits a sweet spot with many pilgrims from around the country and abroad.
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