La Paz, Bolivia 2011  Cholitas, women wearing the traditional skirts and bowler hats of the indigenous Aymara and Quechua people, are making a mark. The choreographed tussles, part-comic, part-epic struggles between good and evil figures, attract enthusiastic audiences. Some of the women even take on their male counterparts.

La Paz, Bolivia 2011 Cholitas, women wearing the traditional skirts and bowler hats of the indigenous Aymara and Quechua people, are making a mark. The choreographed tussles, part-comic, part-epic struggles between good and evil figures, attract enthusiastic audiences. Some of the women even take on their male counterparts.

Flying high. Cholita wrestler in training. www.urbanrambles.com

Cholitas: Bolivia's female wrestlers - in pictures

Flying high. Cholita wrestler in training. www.urbanrambles.com

Girl Power! - Meet the Flying Cholitas, the Women who Wrestle in their Petticoats

Girl Power! - Meet the Flying Cholitas, the Women who Wrestle in their Petticoats

Flying-cholitas

Flying-cholitas

The Flying Cholitas by Daniele Tamagni

The Flying Cholitas by Daniele Tamagni

"the flying cholitas" by daniele tamagni

"the flying cholitas" by daniele tamagni

Inspired by America’s WWF and Mexico’s famous lucha libre, one of Bolivia’s most favourite sports “looks like a circus show with a mix of tragedy and comic choreography” writes Tamagni. “Ten years ago this sport was exclusively for men but recently the women, the cholitas, have become involved as fighters. Many of them are wives and daughters of wrestlers. During the week they tend to their family and their businesses doing different jobs.”

Inspired by America’s WWF and Mexico’s famous lucha libre, one of Bolivia’s most favourite sports “looks like a circus show with a mix of tragedy and comic choreography” writes Tamagni. “Ten years ago this sport was exclusively for men but recently the women, the cholitas, have become involved as fighters. Many of them are wives and daughters of wrestlers. During the week they tend to their family and their businesses doing different jobs.”

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