Andean fighting ritual settles scores in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) - The brightly hued ski masks come off, and the punching and kicking begin. Only once a judge has ruled one of the combatants licked do they stop fighting.
Often with faces swollen and bloodied, the fighters shake hands or hug and deem their personal dispute settled. Or else they agree to do battle again next year.
The Andean fight known as Takanakuy is a ritual of unclear providence that predates Spanish colonial rule and happens twice a year, in July and just after Christmas.
In Peru, it has long been practiced in the highlands province of Chumbivilcas near Cuzco. More recently, it has spread to outlying neighborhoods of Lima.