A place where beliefs combine

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A place where beliefs combine

Just 20 kilometres from Asunción, you will find the eclectic town of Capiatá, which is known for its combination of ancestral pagan rites and traditional Christian beliefs influenced by the Spanish colonization. The tour will take you to look around the eighteenth century Church of our Lady of the Candlemas (Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria), one of the few examples of Paraguayan baroque, with great wealth in its ornamental interior and its carved high altar. Mysterious Capiatá is also home to the picturesque Ramón Elias Museum of mythology (Museo Mitológico Ramon Elias), created by the researcher and artist Ramon Elias, who collected indigenous Paraguayan objects and tribal masks that are now displayed in the museum and give an accurate impression of how indigenous beliefs merged with Christianity. During this visit you will find representations of Guaraní mythological beings, Jesuit and Franciscan carvings and descriptions of the transition from believing in some Gods to believing in others.

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