The feast of the Ñatitas is a traditional rite held every eighth day of November that revolves around the worship of skulls and which usually takes place in a cemetery.
Candles burn before a row of decorated human skulls or “Ñatitas,” during the Ñatitas Festival at the Cementerio General, in La Paz, Bolivia, every November 8, are human skulls from unnamed, abandoned graves that are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets believing they serve as protection from thieves. The festival is a mixture of Andean ancestral worship rites and Catholic beliefs. According to experts, it was common practice in the pre-Hispanic era to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolize Death and rebirth. The festival marks the end of the All Saints’ holiday, a pre-christian ritual.