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Topic: Misc. Challenge number 1...Shrines! Post entries until March 13th  (Read 11407 times)
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« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2009 01:11:03 PM »

knickertwist, that shrine is very cool. Reminds me of an alter shrine I saw in a home in Peru. The family puts the actual skulls of their ancestors on shelf and then a bunch of other stuff below. I'll have to see if I can find a photo to post here so you can see what I'm talking about.

Oooh. If you find it please do post it because that sounds awesome!
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« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2009 01:40:34 PM »

Alrighty, here ya go! I didn't want to take over the gallery completely, so these photos are all thumbnails that are clickable. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN ENTRY INTO THE CHALLENGE!!!

This is the shrine in a local home that I visited in Peru. The shrine with the skulls is kind of set into the wall of their one-room home and is visible from everywhere within the home. As I said before, the skulls are actual skulls from their ancestors. The other objects (if I remember correctly) are items of importance to their family and/or offerings to the gods.


This "doll" is some type of prosperity idol. You put objects into/on him that you desire in the future. Almost always there is money on his back or in his basket. I forget what all the other objects signify.


These are alpaca fetuses that they had hanging just off to the right of their ancestors' skulls. I didn't quite remember their significance, but I do remember our guide saying that were mainly used in festivals and parades. And I think it had something to do with praying for healthy and plentiful animal births in their herds.


And just for crafty fun, this is the sewing machine the woman used to make her family's clothes and to make crafted goods for sale. This was about the average age and condition of all the sewing machines I saw while I was in Peru.


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« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2009 01:45:37 PM »

I LOVE that doll. He's sooooo cool. Thanks for sharing those pics. All the guinea pigs roaming around in the last pic are totally weirding me out  Cheesy
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« Reply #53 on: March 13, 2009 01:50:44 PM »

All the guinea pigs roaming around in the last pic are totally weirding me out  Cheesy
I am going to have to agree.
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« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2009 02:05:33 PM »

Well, if it makes you feel better, I ate one of those. Not one of THOSE guinea pigs specifically, but I did eat a baked one at a restaurant. They're a specialty in Peru and, with the exception of tourists, are eaten only at special occasions (birthdays, graduations, etc). So, the woman that you saw in the photos raises and cares for those guinea pigs running around her house. Then, when a neighbor wants one, it's "bye-bye" to the pet.

It's really no different than cows, etc., the guinea pigs just live in the people's homes. (At least that's what I told myself when I ate that cute little sucker.)
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« Reply #55 on: March 13, 2009 06:57:37 PM »

Knickertwist your shine is amazing!
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« Reply #56 on: March 13, 2009 08:02:05 PM »

Well sigh, my internet was down all day, so I won't be adding my shrine to the challenge pool.  Cry I will post it eventually just for the fun of it, though! I'd like to add more to it, anyway. And it doesn't compare to the great entries already in the running.  Smiley
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« Reply #57 on: March 13, 2009 08:08:13 PM »

calluna, you can still post it! Superhooker is keeping it open for entries until tomorrow (Saturday) at noon. Go for it!
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« Reply #58 on: March 13, 2009 08:10:26 PM »

The more the merrier, right?   Smiley
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« Reply #59 on: March 13, 2009 09:20:01 PM »

Come on! Post it calluna!
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