Why does Bolivia have two recognized capital cities—unlike any other nation in the Western Hemisphere? And why does Bolivia have an active naval military force when it is a landlocked country with no direct access to the sea? The answers lie in the historical events of Bolivia's past.
In this book, contemporary representations of Bolivian art, music, religion, literature, festivals, theater, and cinema document how history and geography have shaped Bolivia's modern culture.
Bolivia has long been neglected by North American historians and anthropologists. Now, author Javier A. Galván fills this gap with a book that analyzes the complex cultures of this South American nation within the context of its rich history and contemporary traditions.
The first half of this text is dedicated to how and where people live—detailed geography, social traditions, religious practices, political institutions, and Bolivian cuisine and culture. The varied religious and linguistic traditions of the indigenous groups that comprise the majority of the national population are also described, giving readers a deeper appreciation for the diversity of Bolivia's character. The second half of the book explores the creative talent of Bolivians who are advancing the literary movements, painting styles, architectural design, theater productions, fashion design, and emerging film industry of the country. Culture and Customs of Bolivia also includes a detailed analysis of contemporary print and broadcasting media.
• Presents a chronology of historical, political, and cultural events from pre-Colombian times to the present
• Includes photographs that illustrate the country's richness of people, festivals, architectural treasures, artwork, and regional cultural celebrations as well as geographical and historic maps
• Contains a comprehensive bibliography for further reading
• Provides a glossary of regional expressions and key terms to understanding the cultural mosaic of Bolivia
• Documents the link between Bolivia's geography and daily life in Bolivia—what people eat, where they live, how they dress, and even their leisure activities
• Analyzes up-to-date demographic data on poverty, education, literacy levels, and mortality rates to explain the current social conditions of Bolivia's indigenous communities
• Offers a balance between information on traditional and modern elements of Bolivia
• Examines major social policies intended to benefit the economically disadvantaged populations since the presidential elections of Evo Morales in 2005