• Short Summary

    When the devil and all his minions stalk the streets of Oruro, high up in the Bolivian Andes, the city is in the grip of annual carnival fever once again.

  • Description

    When the devil and all his minions stalk the streets of Oruro, high up in the Bolivian Andes, the city is in the grip of annual carnival fever once again.

    The carnival came to Oruro at the height of the city's fame as a silver mining centre, back in colonial times. The Spanish coerced local natives and imported negroes to work the mines. And these slaves dressed up on festival days to satirise the courtly manners of their masters.

    The carnival also grew out of the religious beliefs, superstitions and legends of the slaves. Hence the multiplicity of Lucifers, devils, and other satanic figures parading the streets.

    Every year, the carnival lasts for three days. But preparations take as long as three months. And local craftsmen work overtime to produce the costly costumes often decorated with ancient gold and silver, which can weigh as much as 110 pounds (50 Kgs).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA27PK112UXGBTD6CVCLAGY2D58
    Media URN:
    VLVA27PK112UXGBTD6CVCLAGY2D58
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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