Rewriting Tradition: Female Fighters of the Andes

Takanakuy (v.): "To hit each other" (Quechua)

Indigenous women of the Peruvian Andes break gender norms by taking matters into their own hands during Takanakuy Fighting Festival. Each Christmas Day, Peruvians of the Chumbivilcas province challenge each other to fight in a supervised setting and resolve personal grievances. An ancient Incan festival for men to display dominance while dressed in decorative costume, women are traditionally prohibited from participating in fights. Women of the Chumbivilcas today are defying custom by stepping up to fight for themselves in front of thousands and rewriting tradition for future generations.

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