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Tarabuco is a colonial village 64 km from the city of Sucre. It is visited by many tourists who marvel at the local traditions, music, costume and dances. On 12 March the historical battle of 1816 is remembered when the local indigenous people brought down the Spanish. The locals ask Mother Earth to protect them from the Supays (devils) and bless their crops. The festival’s highlight is a large wooden arch where the Tarabuceños hang different agricultural produce from around the region.
The local women wearing traditional dress weighing up to 15 kg dance in a circle around the arch and stamp on the ground with their clogs to frighten away the evil spirits. Traditional instruments such as the tockoru and pinkillo from Inca times accompany the dancers who whirl and kick up the dust trodden long ago by generations long gone.
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