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In pictures: Bolivia's popular fairs

Miguel is one of the most experienced traders at the fair in the city of Sucre. His bestseller is a "lucky suitcase", stacked with dollars, paper credit cards and a "good health certificate" thrown in for good measure. But it is not enough to buy an object - a blessing by an indigenous priest is necessary for the magic of alasitas to have an effect. Asked if it works, Miguel says: "Sure! As long as you have faith, your wishes will come true and you will come back next year with the real thing!"
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