Bolivian men and women in violent harvest festival punch up, in pictures
Thousands of villagers high up in the Bolivian Andes have taken part in a street fight with the aim of ‘spilling as much blood as possible’. Men and women dressed in colourful clothes take part in the violent ritual – known locally as The Machu Tinku – in order to please the local Goddess Pachamama so she will allow a fruitful harvest.
Photo: Martin Pashley/Solent News
The fighting takes place in Macha in the Andes and is considered a sacred rite of the Quechua Indians
Photo: Martin Pashley/Solent News The centuries-old event sees thousands of Quechan, descendants of the Incas, from across the Altiplano region, where one village will circle another before the violence erupts
The fight ritusl can be quite brutal and short. No guesses here who got the wrong end of the fist.