A guy has related how, after passing out from drinking in Bolivia, festival attendees buried him alive “as a sacrifice to mother earth” until he managed to bash his way out of the coffin.
Victor Hugo Mica Alvarez, 30, discovered himself inside a coffin in Achacachi, Bolivia, on August 5, after passing out the previous night after a binge-drinking session during the opening of the Mother Earth Festival in El Alto, Bolivia.
At the Mother Environment Festival, people present offerings, or “sullu,” to the globe of thanking Pachamama, the goddess of fertility and the earth.
Indigenous people in Bolivia have the belief that the goddess “opens her mouth” to offerings in August, and many will offer everything, including live animals, sheep fetuses, cocoa leaves, and sweets.
Apparently, some people still do covert human sacrifices and offerings.
Alvarez thinks that other partygoers had sacrificed him to the earth by burying him alive as a “sullu.”
The 30-year-old reported to Página Siete, a local news source in Bolivia:
‘Last night was the pre-entry [of the festival], we went dancing. And afterwards I don’t remember.
‘The only thing I remember is that I thought I was in my bed, I wanted to get up to go urinate and I couldn’t move.
‘When I pushed the coffin, I was able to break a glass that it had and that way I was able to get out.’
‘They wanted to use me as a sullu.’
To make matters worse, when Alvarez told the police about the burial, they didn’t believe him because they thought he was too inebriated.
Numerous indigenous people participate in ceremonial dances and folk dances as part of the year-round tributes to Pachamama.