Caravan in Bolivia celebrates return of 2,000-year-old image of the god of prosperity

January 24, 2015 7:00 PM

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Caravan in Bolivia celebrates return of 2,000-year-old image of the god of prosperity

Hundreds accompany the Bolivian deity statuette "illa of Ekeko" as it is driven to the Alasitas Fair, in which Ekeko is the central figure, in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The pre-Columbian figurine that symbolizes abundance was recently returned to Bolivia by the National Museum of Berna in Switzerland, 156 years after being taken away from its native country. "Alasitas" is an Aymaran word that means "buy me," and is the name of the annual fair where people buy miniature items that represent things they hope to attain within the year. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) (AP Photo/Juan Karita) (The Associated Press)

An Andean religious leader holds an urn with burning incense in a procession of the Bolivian deity statuette "illa of Ekeko" as it is driven to the Alasitas Fair, in which Ekeko is the central figure, in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The pre-Columbian figurine that symbolizes abundance w...

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