Takanakuy Fighting Festival

by Kimberly on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Members of the Chumbilbilca community near Cusco in Peru have marked Christmas Day by taking part in a series of public bare-knuckled fights to settle scores ahead of the New Year.

The annual tradition, known as Takanakuy, aims to air pent-up grievances and apparently strengthens community relationships.

The event is mediated by refererees and, it is claimed, rarely results in serious injuries.

Hard feelings set aside, the day is wrapped up with a celebratory dance.


Peruvians battle it out in fighting festival
Dec. 27 - Peruvians dance and fight at a traditional festival designed to wipe the slate clean of personal problems. It starts with dancing and religious processions on Christmas Day. But instead of exchanging gifts participants then trade blows.

Members of the Chumbilbilca community, near Cusco, Peru, have taken to one-on-one brawls in an annual tradition to settle the score in mutual disputes ahead of the New Year.

The celebration saw men, women and children participating in the fighting festival, known as Takanakuy, which aims to air grievances and vent personal problems that might have built up over the year.

Takanakuy combines the native words 'takay', fight and 'nakuy', mutual and is celebrated yearly here in what community members say strengthens relationships.

The fights are watched over by local authorities and referees mediate the bare-knuckled fights designed to allow people to let off steam from personal or economic problems.

Despite the blows, serious injuries rarely come out of the festival. Fighters usually just suffer a few bumps and bruises.

Most of the time, the sparring ends with hugs and smiles among friends. Hard feelings set aside, the day wrapped up with a celebratory dance.

Peruvian villagers have been doing their best to clear the air before the start of the new year – by fighting.

People in Chumbilbilca, near Cusco, brawled in an annual custom aimed at settling scores and venting any personal problems that have built up over 2010.

Men, women and children take part in the festival, known as Takanakuy, and locals say the tradition helps strengthen ties.

The bare-knuckle fights rarely lead to serious injuries and the day ends with a celebratory dance.



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