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TURUPUCLLAY - YAWAR FIESTA

Apurimac state, in Peru´s southern Andes, is one of the few places where the tradition of the winged bullfight is still celebrated along the country. Residents of Cotabambas province capture a Condor, seen as a loan of the “Apus” (mountains considered protective gods). The Condor is treated with extreme care since it is the celebration´s guest of honor. On July 28th, Peru´s Independence Day, the main bullfight takes place. The condor is tied to the bull´s back and is sent into the arena for a five-minute bullfight, time enough to “fertilize” the soil with the blood of both animals, according to local people. Or maybe also with human blood, if someone dies after daring to fight the winged bull.

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