Find the love charm at the witch market in the Bolivian capital

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Walking along a rocky slope in the old town right at the administrative capital of La Paz, Bolivia, you will find Mercado de las Brujas or the famous Andes witch market.

Here, older women wear traditional Andean clothes, a round black hat, and a cape that characterizes witches. They are considered to be able to predict, bring luck or drive away evil spirits … Photo: NatGeo
Here, older women wear traditional Andean clothes, a round black hat, and a cape that characterizes witches. They are considered to be able to predict, bring good luck or drive away evil spirits …

The stalls sell everything that a South American witch needs such as spells, herbs … to cure or serve Aymara rituals – Photo: Andrew Fleming
The stalls sell everything that a South American witch needs such as talismans, herbs … used to cure or serve Aymara rituals –
The fetus Llama (llamas) is one of the most popular items on the market. Local people buy to bury under the foundation of newly built houses with beliefs to bring luck, happiness, health to family members – Photo: Revolution_Ferg
The fetus Llama (llamas) is one of the most popular items on the market. Local people buy to bury under the foundation of new houses built with beliefs to bring luck, happiness, health to family members –

The baskets of dry frogs Aymara make visitors scary snails are believed by Bolivians to bring wealth and prosperity
The baskets of dry frogs Aymara make tourists scary snails are Bolivian people believe that bring wealth, wealth –

Besides, some things used to treat diseases like dry coca leaves are quite popular in the market, which helps the body to be alert, excited … or Yatiri healers, using parts of animals made prayers for healing spirits – Photo: chiffonews
Besides, some things used to treat dry coca leaves are quite popular in the market, which helps the body to be alert, excited … or Yatiri healers, using parts of animals to make charms the god of healing –

One of the best-selling products in the market is herbs that improve sexual life originating from Brazil and Peru – Photo: Ian Carvell
One of the best-selling products in the market is herbs that improve sex life originating from Brazil and Peru

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In addition, small statues are considered to bring in fortune and are also thought to affect souls residing in the spiritual world. When coming to Mercado de las Brujas, visitors are advised to respect the customs and practices of local people. This is a legal and long-standing business in Bolivia, all actions and inappropriate speeches are not welcome.
In addition, small statues are considered to bring in fortune and are also thought to affect souls residing in the spiritual world. When coming to Mercado de las Brujas, visitors are advised to respect the customs and practices of local people. This is a legal and long-standing business in Bolivia, all actions and inappropriate speeches are not welcome.

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