Sunday Break

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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EkekoToday (January 24) is Alasitas, or festival of the Ekeko. Don’t know what an Ekeko is?

“In the mythology and folklore of the Aymara people of the Altiplano, a high plateau region which spans parts of Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina, Ekeko is the god of abundance. Its origin predates the arrival of the Spanish people to America, as one of the gods of Andean culture, but its current form was born in La Paz, Bolivia. Antonio Díaz Villamil included the Ekeko’s legend in his work “Leyendas de mi tierra”. Ekeko is depicted as a man with a mustache wearing traditional Andean clothes (especially the poncho) and completely loaded with bags and baskets with grain and food, (compare with the cornucopia of some Greco-Roman deities), household objects, and currency bills, and basically anything that a person is thought to want / need to have a comfortable and prosperous life ; he is commonly found as a little statue to be put in some place of the house, preferably a comfortable one, but also as an amulet holding from key rings; modern statues of the god include a circular opening in his mouth to place there a cigarette (better if lit) for Ekeko’s pleasure. Latest tradition has the ekeko “smoke” a lit cigarette (hence the rounded mouth) once a year to ensure a full year of prosperity.”

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekeko

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Since the Dallas Cowboys are out of the playoffs, I don’t know who to cheer for now. I think I’ll hope for an underdog Superbowl: New York Jets versus Minnesota Vikings.

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I’ve been having a lot of Hobbit-esque adventure dreams this past week. (Yes, I am reading the book.) It’s been good to have something other than my RA get to my sleep dreams!

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

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