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ANDEAN CULTURE

The ancient practices of the Bolivian people are rooted in tradition and have kept them together for millennia.  Now an independent nation, Bolivia, once called Alto Peru (High Peru), was part of the nation of Peru.  After becoming a nation of its own, they were still largely under European Colonial rule and customs.   They have recently experienced a reawakening of their heritage under the first Indigenous President, Evo Morales.  He is a very popular President because he loves his people and treats them well (as well as a Politicaian can!).  The only ones who despise him are the more “educated” (by Higher Education or by groups started by Missionaries that brought American propaganda with them). Previously an official Catholic country, they now have Freedom of Religion under their New Constitution

Title 1,Artículo 4:  El Estado respeta y garantiza la libertad de religión y de creencias espirituales

THE STATE RESPECTS AND GUARANTEES FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND OF SPIRITUAL BELIEFS.

Rather than a tangled mess of ecumenism, this move allows people of all faiths to be recognized and treated as equals.  Included in this revolutionary document is the right to choose traditional herbal medicine instead of allopathic (Art. 42).  This is what we mean by “freedom”.  The rights contained in the Bolivian Constitution apply equally to foreigners (Title 2, Art. 14).  There are a wide variety of herbal medicines and barks growing wild in Bolivia and they have always been used by the Native people.

The Bolivians are an old-fashioned, primitive people who mostly want to be left alone to live as they have for centuries.  Though technology is available in Bolivia, the majority of people can live fine without it.  Of those who use it, most are not dependent on it as in the modern, Western countries.

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