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Old statues of "El Tio" inside a mine in Potosi, Bolivia. El Tio (the Uncle) is considered by most miners here to be lord of the underworld. Miners bring offerings such as cigarettes, coca leaves, and alcohol for the statues, believing that if El Tio is not fed, he will take matters into his own hands. Above ground, most miners are Christians.
In this mine, these old statues have been placed in a side tunnel, leaving one "active" El Tio near the main entrance.
- Paul Jeffrey
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- Contained in galleries
- Mining, Bolivia