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Bolivian female wrestling, with the participants wearing full-length traditional skirts in the ring.

El Alto, which in a generation grew from hamlet to sprawling satellite city overlooking La Paz, has largely created its own form of wrestling, borrowing from Mexico’s famed spectacle of masked men battling for the honors and sprinkling it with a local touch. Ms. Choque fights with a particularly successful troupe of wrestlers called the Titans of the Ring.

“The cradle of freestyle wrestling is Mexico because that’s where the best fighters were - Hurricane Ramírez, the Jalisco Lightning, the Blue Demon,” explained Juan Carlos Chávez, promoter of the Titans.

But now, he says proudly, Bolivia has its own stable of wrestlers who tussle in choreographed matches. And Bolivian organizers have introduced the innovation of fighting Cholitas, the indigenous women who wear bowler hats and multilayered skirts.

“I wanted to get people’s attention and fill up the coliseum,” said Juan Mamani, 46, the president of the Titans and a wrestler himself. “At first, I thought of fighting dwarves. I even brought in one from Peru. Then I thought of Cholitas. It’s been popular ever since.”

Quick, what’s the Spanish word for “wacky”?

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/21/2005 08:31:35 PM
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  1. Quick, what’s the Spanish words for: That’s no lady, it’s a man, baby!

    Comment by Hunk Oman — 07/22/2005 @ 09:02:27 AM

  2. luqhi!

    (Aymaran for “crazy”)

    Comment by j — 07/22/2005 @ 09:14:25 AM

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