Thinkuy (17 images)

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When the dry season begins, Quechua Indians from several highlander villages of northern Potosi state stop working in the fields and celebrate the Thinku, a Quechua word for encounter, a week-long series of ritual fights, meetings and religious celebrations. The ritual fighters, some of them bleeding to death, happily offer their blood to Mother Earth in a symbolic call to fertilize their arid lands but also to brag about their virility and find couples.
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