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Nov. 8, 2012 A decorated“Natita” is carried out of the chapel at Cementerio General, the largest cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia. Natitas are human skulls from unnamed, abandoned graves that are used as amulets to war off thieves. The Natitas Festival is a mixture of Andean ancestral worship rites and Catholic beliefs. According to experts, it was common practice in the pre-Columbian era to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The festival marks the end of All Saints’ Day, but is not recognized by the Catholic Church. Juan Karita/AP Buy Photo