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Bolivia is a country in the heart of the northern part of South America whose religious diversity stems from deep historical engagement with concerns beyond its boundaries grounded in local devotions. Its landscape, regarded as sacred by many of the inhabitants, contains some of the highest peaks of the Andes, a broad and densely populated high plateau, valleys, and the broad lowlands.

Well before the Spanish conquest, Bolivia's territory held Guarani and other lowland indigenous societies as well as the great Tiwanaku civilization, followed by the Kolla Confederations and the Inca Empire. Its shrines, such as the very holy Copacabana Peninsula with its offshore islands, known as Island of the Sun and of the Moon, figured strongly in Inca myths of origin and legitimation and continue ...

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