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Aymara Bolivians make offerings to Pachamama

An Aymara indigenous witch doctor sprays wine over offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, in La Cumbre, 19 miles outside of La Paz, Bolivia on Aug. 1, 2012.

David Mercado / Reuters reports -- August is a time to make offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, according to Andean culture. It’s a time to give thanks for crops and health. The Aymaras use coca leaves, candies, animal fat, llama fetuses, some dried fruits, powdered minerals and alcohol during the rituals.

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An Aymara indigenous witch doctor sprays beer over a man while making offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth in La Cumbre, Bolivia on Aug. 1.

People prepare to give offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, in La Cumbre, Bolivia on Aug, 1.