‘Scare- thief’ *** ‘Strachy na zlodziei’

Na poczatku myslalam, ze to cialo powieszonego na slupie czlowieka albo Halloween w srodku zimy:) Poprosilam znajomego o zatrzymanie samochodu, zeby przyjrzec sie temu z bliska (= zrobic zdjecie).

Okazalo sie, ze wieszanie na slupach ‘czlekoksztaltnych kukiel’ jest tutaj normalne! Co wiecej – dziala jak strach na wroble, tyle ze ma odstraszac potencjalnych bandytow! Taki ‘strach na zlodziei’!

A jak to dziala? Moze tak jak na mnie – troche bowiem sie wystraszylam:) Ale nie, chodzi o to, ze kukly pokazuja, co stanie sie z kims, kto bezprawnie wejdzie na cudza posesje. Proste – zostanie powieszony na slupie! Tak dziala owa slynna ‘justicia communitaria’ (opisana we wpisie z Torotoro —> klik) – oko za oko, zab za zab, powieszenie za wlamanie itp.

Na cale szczescie, raczej watpliwe jest to, zeby taka ‘zemsta’ spolecznosci na przestepcy odbyla sie w duzym miescie jak Cochabamba, ale jak widac, mieszkancy nie zapomnieli o tradycji.

Tak wiec, strzezcie sie zlodzieje!


What have surprised me lately? Well, just look at this photo:

At the beginning I thought it was the body of a man hanging on a pole or a Halloween in the middle of the winter :) I asked a friend to stop the car to look at it from up close (= to take a picture).

It turned out that ‘human shaped puppet’ hanging on pole is quite normal here! What’s more – it works like a scarecrow, just instead of scaring birds it suppoused to intimidate potential bandits! Yes, the ‘scare-thief’!

And how does it work? Well, it freaked me out a little. But the point is that the puppet suppouse to show what may happen to someone who illegally enters someone else’s possessions. Simple – the person would be hung on a pole!

This is a good example of (in)famous ‘justicia communitaria’ (that was described in the post about Torotoro —> click. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, hanging for burglary etc.
Fortunately, it is rather doubtful that such ‘revenge’ on the criminals would take place in a big city like Cochabamba, but as you can see, the people have not forgotten their traditions.

So, beware thieves!


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