Potosí Local Customs

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visit Altares/altars

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Antes de entrar a la parte de la mina donde está el Tío , pasas por una especie de altares donde guardan a sus "dioses menores" y los recuerdos de la mina
    efore going to the mine area where is the "Tío" , you pass an area where are some kind of altars to keep their "minor gods" and the memories of the mine

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visit Altares/altars

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    Antes de entrar a la parte de la mina donde está el Tío , pasas por una especie de altares donde guardan a sus "dioses menores" y los recuerdos de la mina
    efore going to the mine area where is the "Tío" , you pass an area where are some kind of altars to keep their "minor gods" and the memories of the mine

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visit El Tío/The Uncle

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Dentro de la mina los mineros tienen un lugar muy especial para el Tío , que es una representación del demonio o deidad poseedora de las minas a quien se reza para sacar el metal de sus entrañas , a la que respetan y los viernes por la tarde a parte de hacerle ofrendas de tabaco , coca ... se toman con él unos buenos lingotazos de alcohol
    Inside the mine the miners have a very special place for the Tío , that is a representation of the devil or a god owner of the mines to whom they pray to get more metal of his entrails , they respect and on Friday evening besides making offerings of cigarettes , coca... they take with him some alcohol drinks

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visiting 5

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Durante y después de la visita les dimos la coca y los refrescos a los mineros que no coincidimos con ellos en la mina , como a D. Julián
    During and after the visit we gave the coca and the drinks to the miners that we did not meet in the mine , like Don Julián

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visit 4

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Entrar a la mina no es fácil , tiene algunos accesos difíciles y como decía una sobrina nuestra es una lección de humildad ver en las condiciones tan duras que trabajan en estas minas
    To go inside the mine is not easy , some parts are difficult and as our nephew said it is a humility lesson to see the hard working conditions in the mine

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    Visita a las minas/ Mines visit 2

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    El paso siguiente es prepararte para entrar poniéndote botas , buzo y el casco con su linterna
    The next step is to prepair to go to the mine putting your boots , overall and the helmet with lantern

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    Visita a las minas/Mines visit 1

    by elpariente Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    Las minas se pueden visitar y en ellas se pueden ver las técnicas que utilizan que son muy similares a las utilizadas en la época de la colonia
    El primer paso es ir al mercado de los mineros a comprar coca y refrescos que se les dan durante la visita a los tajos
    También puedes llevarles dinamita
    Los mineros no suelen comer durante las 8 horas de trabajo pero están constantemente mascando coca , lo que ellos llaman "pichar" pues quitan el tallo duro de la hoja para evitar atragantarse
    The mines may be visited and on them you may see techniques they use that are very similar to those used in the colony days
    The first step is to go to the miners market to buy coca and drinks that you will give to the miners during the visit to their working positions
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    The miners do not use during the eight working hours but they are constantly chewing coca ,
    what they call "pichar"as they remove the hard "bone" of the leaf to avoid choke

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    Mining Methods

    by Pete.Gibson Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Mining methods have changed very little over the years,The Miners still work ten hours a day in the most appaling conditions, Childen still work crawling in to the smallest places where adults can not go, The miners keep going by chewing Coca leaves, two thirds of the population suffer from respiratory ailments

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    Which Side of the River Do You Live On?

    by AlbuqRay Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    View South from Arco de Cobija

    Had I visited Potosi 400 years earlier, I would have been in one of the largest, richest cities in the world. Well, half the city was rich. The wealth was all based on the mountain of silver, Cerro Rico. Even more then than now, the river, La Riberia, divided the poor Indian miners from the rich Spanish owners. This picture was taken from Arco de Cobija, one of the gates between the two sides. Above the curved wall in the foreground is one of the older remaining mine buildings. La Riberia runs just to the left of it below the stepped wall. You can see present day miners' housing in the background (south of the river). Iglesia de Copacabana is in the left background. The base of Cerro Rico looms in the right background.

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    Potosi Political Demonstration

    by AlbuqRay Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    Blocked Street in Potosi

    The streets around the main plaza were blocked by cholitas sitting in the street. It actually made walking easier, since there was no traffic. The picture was taken looking down Ayachuco Street. The Cathedral is on the right, along with Torre de la Compania de Jesus and a new, unopened tower-shaped hotel in the far background.

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  • The local economy

    by TimMiles Written May 15, 2003
    Mining in potosi

    There are around 5000 miners in the city. They lead gruelling lives. They mine for about 12-14 hours a day, they buy their own equipment, but often can't afford boots and gloves and often mine without food and very little water. They give themselves energy by chewing huge wads of coca leaves which gives energy and suppresses the appetite.

    15% of the miners earn less than $85/month.

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