When the devil and all his minions stalk the streets of Oruro, high up in the Bolivian Andes, the city is in the grip of annual carnival fever once again.
SV Local people in procession playing wooden pipes (3 shots)
MV Children in procession folk dancing (2 shots)
SCU PAN Band
MV Young men and women folk dancing (3 shots)
SV People dressed as animals
GV and SCU Diablo (Devil) being lifted shoulder high and gesticulating to crowd (3 shots)
SV & CU Devil with swordsmen (3 shots) as crowd looks on
SV Band in procession
SV PAN and MV dancers in procession in national costume
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Background: When the devil and all his minions stalk the streets of Oruro, high up in the Bolivian Andes, the city is in the grip of annual carnival fever once again.
The carnival came to Oruro at the height of the city's fame as a silver mining centre, back in colonial times. The Spanish coerced local natives and imported negroes to work the mines. And these slaves dressed up on festival days to satirise the courtly manners of their masters.
The carnival also grew out of the religious beliefs, superstitions and legends of the slaves. Hence the multiplicity of Lucifers, devils, and other satanic figures parading the streets.
Every year, the carnival lasts for three days. But preparations take as long as three months. And local craftsmen work overtime to produce the costly costumes often decorated with ancient gold and silver, which can weigh as much as 110 pounds (50 Kgs).