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Day of Skulls

<p>Devotees hold the skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass on the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz, November 8, 2010. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck in the future. REUTERS/David Mercado</p>

Devotees hold the skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass on the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz, November 8, 2010. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the cemetery chapel once a...more

Devotees hold the skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass on the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz, November 8, 2010. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck in the future. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>A skull, that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

A skull, that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

A skull, that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Bolivians holding skulls attend a Catholic mass during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Bolivians holding skulls attend a Catholic mass during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Bolivians holding skulls attend a Catholic mass during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado</p>

A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Devotees hold skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass in the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Devotees hold skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass in the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Devotees hold skulls of their relatives during a Catholic mass in the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

Skulls are displayed after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>A woman and child sit in front of skulls after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

A woman and child sit in front of skulls after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

A woman and child sit in front of skulls after a ceremony to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010.  REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

A skull that is taken to the church by relatives to be blessed during the Day of Skulls, is placed at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2010. REUTERS/David Mercado

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