One a year, the Roman Catholics take their skulls of their alters and parade them in public.
The Catholic Church in Bolivia is the most pagan institution on the Western hemisphere. Not only do the Catholics in Bolivia keep skulls of their deceased family members inside their houses. They even put them up on the House altars, to be venerated and adored together with crucifixes and various Papal approved Madonna’s.
The most bizarre day on the Bolivian year, is the day the streets are full of decorated skulls. That is “The Day of the skulls”.
On this day, the Catholics in Bolivia carry skulls into a church to be blessed at the General Cemetery in La Paz. Lets take a look at some pictures:
But the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church has not done much to stop this national Bolivian celebration.
This is the official explanation.
Dia de los Natitas (Day of the Skulls) is an ancient Bolivian ritual where skulls are decorated with flowers and pampered with cigarettes, coca leaves and other treats.
Every November 9, the central cemetery, in La Paz, Bolivia, becomes the scene of a bizarre pre-Columbian tradition, known as Dia de los Natitas. Women carrying skulls, in decorated wooden or cardboard boxes, fancy glass cases and even in plastic bags, gather outside the cemetery to show off their skulls. They are usually decorated with flower petals (hydrangeas and roses) and covered with knitted colorful caps.
Some Bolivians believe a person has seven souls, and one of them remains in the skeleton, after they’ve been buried. Once the other souls have left for heaven, the remains are dug up and the skull taken home and cared for. If they’re not respected, skulls can bring bad luck to a household, ruin the harvest and even break up a family. But if they’re properly taken care of, you can ask the skull for favors.
The BBC has recorded the views of the archbishop of La Paz.
Earlier this month the Church called on the faithful to stop using human skulls at special mass celebrations. The Archbishop of La Paz, Edmundo Abastoflor, urged followers of the Andean rite to “let them rest in peace”.
Some inside the Church even link the practice to the occult.
However, some priests believe they have no other choice than to let people pray Catholic prayers to their skulls, and even allow them to go to church with them.
“I receive them and not as enemies of the Catholic faith,” the cemetery’s Roman Catholic priest, Father Jaime Fernandez, told the BBC after giving an informal blessing to thousands of skull-carrying devotees at the cemetery’s chapel.
Why do the Bolivians keep skulls at home?
The Catholics believe that such skulls, if they are blessed by their “holy fathers” will bring good luck to the family in the future.
The Bible is very clear that consulting the spirits of the dead is a sin, that will be punished by God our Father.
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.
Source of the majority of these pictures is Getty Images.
That the Roman Catholic Church allow this paganism to enter the Church, with priests blessing the skull worshipers, is indeed a permission that is rooted in the occult realms.
Since the pope is a worshiper of bones and skulls, why should we put the blame on the Bolivians?
“The Holy Father” in Rome is the very “Father of the occult”.
First published: 09.10.2010.
Written by Ivar