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2005-11-09 16:05:00

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- It's a tradition people outside Bolivia might find creepy: families perch human skulls on altars, revering them and asking them for protection and good luck. On Tuesday, the skulls were gussied up and taken to cemeteries, where the families crowned them with flowers and filled their jaws with lit cigarettes. The chapel in La Paz's main cemetery was filled with hundreds of people jockeying to get their skull, or "natita," in a good position for a special annual Mass....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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