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Subject:Snowywilderness says,
Time:03:40 pm
Have you heard about the cholitas of La Paz, Bolivia?

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The appeal of these girls is a little like that of the Amish of both sexes and the (male) Hasidim and Etonian schoolboys, don't you think? Unrelenting formality in the middle of the modern world.

And yet their clear plastic flats are very Prada, no? And their colors, and their makeup, are so far from drab.

I must point out one more thing about the Cholitas: when I was studying the history of colonial Latin America, I learned that when Spanish churchmen gave Inca artists training and patronage to exalt the pantheon of Catholic deities with the sort of vivid Counter-Reformation icon art we see in Old World Catholic churches, the Cuzco school of painters continued to pay homage to their own accustomed pantheon of mountain deities by messing with the proportions of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus (etc.) so that their human figures took on the proportions of holy mountains like Macchu Picchu. I think the proportions of the Cholitas' outfits are in line with this tradition, as you can see below:

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lileycoyote
Subject:i did not know about this at all/ my parents are sometimes endearingly nuts
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Time:2007-10-05 01:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, the thing that definitely appealed to me most was the glass slippers-type shoes. wow!
i'm tempted to send the link to this entry to my dad, John. he's obsessed with latin-american shit right now, Che and also anything about Cuba (he's actually working on this paper about Cuba that he hopes to possibly publish somewhere. plus he really wants to go.) and Bolivia, in an incredibly un-PC way, plays a role in my parents' lives: when their adored cat Che - he is amazing - would be "bad" as a kitten - i think his crime was attempting to eat from the elder cat Peachy's bowl when he had his own food to eat- he would be punished by being locked with his food in the bathroom alone with his food till mealtime was over. When this penalty was required, they referred to the bathroom as "Bolivia." as in, "lock Che in Bolivia!" and then he'd cry to be let out.
now they have a new kitten, Frankie, who has no Che associations (her name is short for Francis, named after another kitten named Francis that they fell in love with at their B + B when they went up to the Stratford Festival this year; i suggested Frankie as a nickname cos it's so cute for a girl), but when she has to eat alone to avoid her kitten food getting stolen, they still refer to the bathroom as Bolivia.
anyway, yeah.
great post Johnny! can't wait to see you.
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