If there is a wild, ancient and fascinating ritual in the history of mankind through the Andes, in the Altiplano it is the Tinku dance or fight to the death to achieve fertility of crops and appease the ancient gods for their thirst of blood on the land, which provide fruits it should be satisfied with the sacrifice of the fighters until after fierce fighting killed.
The Tinku is an Andean ritual and folk dance performed in northern Potosi - Bolivia. The meaning of the Tinku word is "meeting" (from the Quechua word tinkuy, found). The meaning of the word Tinku in Quechua is "meeting" and in Aymara means "strike". ceremonial ritual Tinku Tinku is a pre-Inca ritual practiced annually for several days in the communities of the northern region of the department of Potosi. The Tinku is from the highland region inhabited by the Laymes and Jukumanis. It is practiced as a rite ceremonial mingling with the custom, philosophy and religion of the indigenous peoples for their mystical devotion. Within the Tinku it is also music and dance (the communities usually enter march touching the rates of Jula-Jula). Fighters among which stand out are the "Warakaku" (Honda, in Quechua) and "Makhanaku" (one of the most similar to judo fights). The Tinku is a fight melee stimulated by alcohol, which generally corresponds to cheaper and harmful, with the usual consequences of taking a high ethyl alcohol content generating altered states of consciousness leading to more aggressive. They are trained from childhood to fight to the death, they carry a full head of leather garments like such a hard hat as metal, gloved hands into claws and bronze edges.
With amazing physical prowess are twisted, implementing and replicating blows between opponents, similar to boxing combat. According to tradition, the fighter who has been defeated must shed their blood in abundance as a sacrifice or offering, this, for Mother Earth, commonly known as Pachamama these communities, so that in that year the harvest is abundant. Allowing to continue the product life cycle of bloodshed and generation of life through the abundant and good crops for the crop year. This ceremonial rite now a battle between members of the above communities are made between men and women "Imilla wawas" (single women) and children from both communities. Clashes correspond to a social order established ie males to be heard by the other men to marry and must have participated in this ritual. Lately the fights are being controlled and supervised by an arbitrator, which are the highest authorities of these communities; Jilakata and the Mayor. In recent years the presence of the police and neighbors who organize their "civil police" have better controlled violence occurring during the event. These meetings are often used in the middle of the stones hands were the most lethal blow to the opponent, this procedure is currently banned. It is an impressive gathering where amid the fury of the parties after the battles of the bodies of the fallen are swept and quietly evacuated through the narrow streets, secretly leaving trails of blood as silent witnesses of hell generated by the blows, face deformed and bloodied to start the joy and receive the gifts of blood initiating the great noise of the celebrations of rural communities, more alcohol consumption included.
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