Tinku Festival, Macha, Bolivia (34 images)

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Each May, up to 3000 thousands indigenous Bolivian indians descend on the isolated mountainous village of Macha 75 miles north of Potosi in the Bolivian Andes. The 600 year old pre-hispanic Bolivia Festival of Tinku sees villagers from all over the region march into town to be pitted against each other in a toe to toe fist to fist combat.. They dance and sing in traditional costume and drink 96% proof alcohol along with chicha, a fermented beverage made from corn. Townspeople and sometimes...
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