Ekkeko is an ancient Andean deity, the god of abundance and
In Bolivia and Peru, six-inch ceramic statues of Ekkeko are common.
Ekkeko is dressed in modern clothes with a woolen 'knitchullo' cap.
He has outstretched arms, an open mouth (to receive a cigarette),
and a painted moustache.
Every January 24, during the festival of Alasitas, believers purchase
miniature articles -- food, clothing, vehicles, tiny 100-dollar
bills, marriage licenses -- that represent their desires. According
to legend, when you place the miniature object on the Ekkeko statuette
you will receive what you wish for in the following year.
It is considered bad luck to remove the miniatures, so as time
passes the Ekkeko doll becomes laden with colorful symbols of hopes