Stories / Anata Andina
"Anata" translated from the Aymara language means "the game". Originally it was a carnival of Indian civilizations of pre-Columbian era, which was celebrated during the wet season in the highlands of the Andes, and symbolized the gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth).
Indians used to ask her for rains. Altiplano (Andean plateau) is very dry area, so the harvest is directly depending on rainfall.
Each group of people represents one of the regions of Altiplano. Their costumes are made of pure wool of lama. More than one hundred bands participated in that Anata. Usually it lasts two days right before the main Bolivian carnival - Diablada. During the march the participants are dancing, drinking, having fun, and playing at popular musical instruments passing by the main streets of Oruro (city). This holiday has nothing to do with Christian culture.