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Every May, thousands of Quechuas, farming people of the high plateaus, converge on Macha for what is no doubt one of the most spectacular and violent rituals in America: Tinku.
Tinku is a fertility ritual in the form of a fight. The blood shed is supposed to feed Pachamama, the Earth mother. She is responsible for good harvests, fertility amongst the women, and an abundance of lamas in the herd. This ritual was directly inherited from the Incas who reigned on this earth more than 500 years ago. Hand-to-hand combats were already organized to spill blood and fertilize the Pachamama. Augustino is 34, and single, and this year is participating in his 15th Tinku. Although men die every year during the fights in Macha, nothing and nobody will stop Augustino from fighting.