By M.P. Pellicer | Eerie.News
A 30-year-old man claims he was buried alive as part of a sacrifice on Earth Day.
Victor Hugo Mica Alvarez, 30, described where he had been attending a Mother Earth festival being celebrated on August 1, 2022 in Bolivia, where people gathered at dawn for a ritual to Pachamama also known as Madre Tierra.
He lives in Chile, and came to Villa Victoria to attend the festivities, and perform with a group he belongs to that presents Tobas dance. This is a folkloric dance that dates back to the Incas.
The Pachamama festival is celebrated by indigenous people where offerings are made to the goddess in the form of sacrifices ranging from live animals, sheep fetus, desiccated llamas, eggs, minerals to coca leaves and sweets. They believe she "opens her mouth" for these offerings. This ceremony is especially important to those who are involved in agriculture.
He said he met a friend at the festival celebrated in El Alto, Bolivia. The friend invited him to drink some beer. He was dancing and drinking, and then claims he couldn't remember anything else until he woke up inside the coffin.
He later described to local media that he dreamt he was in his bed, and felt the need to urinate, but as he came to he realized he couldn't move. He awoke and found himself inside a coffin with a partial glass lid.
Alvarez said, "When I pushed the coffin, I was able to break a glass that it had and that way I was able to get out. When I pushed the coffin I barely broke the glass and through the glass, dirt began to enter. They wanted to use me as a 'sullu'". This word is derived from the Quechua language, and means fetus.
The term "sullu" refers to any offerings commonly made to give back to Mother Earth, or ‘Pachamama’, throughout August in Bolivia.
The place he was buried was in Achachicala, 50 miles from El Alto.
Alex Magne, the young man who found him wandering around Ceja de El Alto after he got out, said he was covered with dried mud and cement. He hand was also cut and bleeding.
Mica Alvarez claims he was a human sacrifice that some fear are still offered as they were in ancient times to satisfy Pachamama.
Mica Alvarez told police, but they refused to believe him, telling him he was too drunk to know how he ended up buried in a coffin, and to come back when "he was healthy."
His mother, Lidia A. was interviewed by Urgente.bo, where she claims her son was being sacrificed by being buried under a structure that was under construction. She said her son is traumatized and has problems sleeping. She believes his drink was drugged.
When asked why he thought he was being sacrificed, Mica Alvarez said he was buried next to a building under construction, and that according to certain Aymara tradition, Pachamama demands an offering of a human life so the building will be strong and prosperous. This coupled with the timing, in which August in Bolivia, is a very important month for the indigenous people where offerings are made to Madre Tierra.
An Amauta leader, Juan Carlos Ballon was asked which are the best days to give offerings to Pachamama. He said the best days are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, but especially Thursday since among their people it is known as a "day of the rays".
Worship of Pachamama pre-dates the arrival of Europeans, and was adopted by the Incas in their traditions from the Chavin. The culture developed in the northern Andean highlands of Peru and adjacent areas of Bolivia, from 900 to 200 BC.
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