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The Llamerada is a popular Andean dance. It is a representation of the task of llama herding and holds a historic religious value as a ritual of good fortune.

This dance is meant to represent the Highland llama holders and breeders. Therefore the dancers (male)traditionally hold a little llama in their left hand while rotating the "honda" in their right. Some claim that the Llamerada is a very old, even Inca dance, an argument mainly based on the fact that llama herding has been very important to the indigenous peoples of the Andes for centuries. There is very little known about how the actual version emerged; even the costumes have changed a lot during the last few decades. The headdress used at present is said to represent the traditional headdress of Aymara leaders (in both sides of Lake Titicaca) and in fact it resembles the headdress of the "Mama Talla", the wife of an Aymara Community leader. Peru and Bolivia belong to Inca's empire called Tahuantinsuyo (1100 to 1500 AC)

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