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Flying Women of Totora

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The Flying Women of Totora hope to be brides and mothers in the coming year.  It is the tradition of the Columpios, one of the most original traditions in Bolivia, especially in Totora.  The women swing on giant swings about 30 ft tall, and are helped in their swinging by bystanders pulling on ropes attached to the seats of the swing.  It starts the day after All Soul's Day,  November 1, and ends on the day of San Andres, which is on November 30.   It celebrates the fertility of the future brides, and the return of the souls of the dearly departed.  The additional links to magazine articles and photo galleries of the festival for further information.

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