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Traditional festival combines cultures

By Associated Press in La Paz, Bolivia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-06-04 07:56:35

Bolivia's mix of Roman Catholic and indigenous traditions are on display across La Paz as thousands of costumed dancers perform during the annual Feast of the Great Power, a raucous street party that celebrates a rendering of Jesus Christ with native features and outstretched arms.

Brass bands marched and onlookers cheered over the weekend as the dancers performed elaborate routines in their quest for prizes.

The gathering of faithful fun-seekers traces its origins to a religious painting from the 17th century that depicts the Christian savior - El Senor del Gran Poder, or The Lord of the Great Power - with indigenous Andean features.

Traditional festival combines cultures

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