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Cholita Wrestling

If you think women can't be ruthless wrestlers, you may be surprised by the indigenous Bolivians


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One can hardly imagine what is going to happen when watching a pair of strong-built indigenous Bolivian beauties dancing in traditional clothes around the rink and casting wide South American smiles at the audience. The final ring calls them onto the wrestling rink, where a stunning metamorphosis occurs: the ladies turn into savages. They fight ruthlessly till the last breath, slapping one another in their faces, pulling braids, and throwing each other onto the mat.

When things really get going you better stay alert, especially if you happen to occupy the first row—seats and boards are frequently used in the fight.

This kind of wrestling is called Cholita Wrestling making reference to the furious women in skirts, as the word "cholitas" is a ​local derogative name for women.

All in all, the spectacle is truly unique, hardly anywhere else on earth could you find somet​hing similar to this sport, violent but still safe at the same time. Traditional Bolivian female wrestling takes place every Sunday night in La Paz.

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