Stories / Diablada
Diablada is the traditional Bolivian carnival, which is under UNESCO protection as a "verbal-visual heritage of mankind." In the Diablada’s carnival the pagan and Christian rituals are mixed. Long ago, an indian mythological demigod Wari got angry with Uru Uru people’s behavior, and decided to send them giant ants, a snake, a crocodile, a frog and a condor. Creatures was slowly crawling to the town (now it’s called Oruro), but Virgin Mary suddenly and with the authority given to her from above, she stopped monsters, turning them into sand hills which can be seen in the neighborhood of the town. In the place of her miraculous appearance the inhabitants built a church, which is the final point of the carnival. The carnival symbolizes gratitude to the Virgin, who saved Uru Uru from certain death.