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Bolivians carry human skulls in annual pagan festival
The devotees brought the skulls known as "natitas" for a short Mass at the cemetery Tuesday. They later played music, danced and lit candles.
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A decorated human skull or "natitas", sits on a blanket inside the Cementerio General chapel, during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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A man holds a decorated human skull or "natitas," after a blessing by the priest inside the Cementerio General chapel, during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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People hold their decorated human skulls or "natita," after the greeting by the priest inside the Cementerio General chapel during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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A woman carries three decorated human skull or "natitas," as she waits to be greeted by the priest inside the Cementerio General chapel, during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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A man balances a wooden framed glass case on head containing decorated human skulls or "natitas," inside the cementerio General chapel during the Natitas Festival celebrations in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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A human skull or "natitas" wearing sun glasses, is displayed outside the Cementerio General chapel during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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A woman holds a box with a decorated human skull or "natitas" as she waits to be greeted by the priest inside the Cementerio General chapel, during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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A woman carries a decorated human skull or "natitas," after a blessing by the priest inside the Cementerio General chapel, during the Natitas Festival celebrations, in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The "natitas" are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection, the tradition marks the end of the Catholic All Saints holiday, but is not recognized by the Catholic church. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Bolivians carry human skulls in annual pagan festival

The devotees brought the skulls known as "natitas" for a short Mass at the cemetery Tuesday. They later played music, danced and lit candles.

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