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LEGÍA: bicarbonate used to chew coca

LICUADO: fruit puree with milk

LIKICHIRI or CARI CARI: character in Aymara imagination that is responsible for anemia since it extracts fat and blood

LUCHA LIBRE (CHOLITAS CACHASCANISTAS): wrestling match between cholitas

LLAMA: Andean camellid

LLAJWA: Bolivian hot sauce

 

MANÍ: peanut

MATE: herbal tea

MENONITAS: Mennonites, German Protestants who immigrated to the Santa Cruz area to form an agricultural religious community.

MESA/APXATA: altar table for the Pachamama

MITA: 1. forced labor during the colonial period 2. tax imposed on indigenous people during the colonial period.

MOVILIDAD: motorized transport (automobile)

MORENADA: Traditional dance of La Paz that satirizes slavery and colonization.

 

NICA: Impossible

ÑANDÚ: Andean ostrich

 

ORUREÑO: Native of Oruro

 

PACEÑO: Native of La Paz

PACHAMAMA: Mother Earth, goddess worshiped by Andean people

PAJA BRAVA: Type of Altiplano vegetation (hay)

PARRILLADA: barbecue

PASTEL: fried empanada

PEAJE: toll gate

PEÑA: Folkloric musical show held in bars and restaurants.

PEPINO: principal character in the La Paz Carnival

PONGAJE: indentured service abolished in 1952

PUNA: ecological zone located in the middle of the Altiplano

"PUES": 1. denotes cause 2. denotes condition 3. Used in Bolivia as a pet word at the end of a sentence to emphasize a statement.

 
   
   
 

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