In this Witches market, there are dozens of stalls selling all the charms and potions you’ll need to gain favour with the spiritworld, as the Aymara do. Dried frogs, aphrodisiac concoctions, statues and ritual ingredients like feathers, snakes and herbs are also for sale here. Llama foetuses are dried and given as an offering to the goddess Pachamama, or Mother Earth, who in return is believed to grant prosperity and good luck to her followers.
Offerings to Pachamama are often made by those wanting help or good luck while starting a hard or significant task. Many construction workers bury llama foetuses on the work site as a way to ask Pachamama to keep them safe while on the job.
Shopping for spells at the Witches Market in La Paz? Here are the pictures you might expect to find.
The Witches Market is certainly an entertaining sight for travelers, but remember that the market is a serious and sacred business to the people who work there. While many of the vendors will be happy to answer tourists questions, they may not appreciate tourists picking up items willy-nilly or taking photos without permission. Beware that if you do they may place a curse on you!
You’ve Been Warned!