The Christian religion has struggled to impose itself in South America since the day Cristóbal Colón stepped on the continent.
It has succeeded in many areas but in others it has not been able to strip away the local millenary beliefs, especially in the mountains that once belonged to the Inca Empire.
In a small town called Macha, north of Potosi in Bolivia, every May 3rd begins the Tinku or Fiesta de la Cruz. Giving their own blood as an offering during fights that are organized among the different community members in the central square of Macha – the surrounding communities gather to thank both the Andean gods and the Christians for the harvests and their cattle.
This fascinating piece was put together by Pablo Linares.
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