Bolivia caravan celebrates return of god of prosperity

Bolivia caravan celebrates return of god of prosperity


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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hundreds of people have been marching through the streets of Bolivia's capital tossing flowers and dancing to celebrate the return of a 2,000-year-old icon of the god of prosperity, Ekeko.

The Museum of History in Bern, Switzerland, recently sent the 6-inch (15.5-centimeter) image back to Bolivia.

It was created by the Pucara culture that flourished from about 200 years B.C. to 200 years A.D. near the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob von Tschudi reportedly took the icon from several locals in 1858 in return for "a glass of cognac."

Saturday's celebration comes during the feast of Alasita — a word meaning "buy me" in the Aymara language. It's held each year in honor of Ekeko.

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