Ivan Kashinsky

Acatlan, Guerrero, Mexico

(Left to Right) Fernando Yair Gloria, 10, Denise Michelle Almeda, 4, and Fernando Ariel Calzada, 15, stand in front of a shrine in honour of Baby Jesus and the Virgin of Guadalupe. The boys are wearing traditional jaguar fighting masks whil etheir sister joins in wearing a novelty wolf mask. The jaguar masks are used during La Fiestas de la Santa Cruz (Festival of the Holy Cross). This is a petition for rains of pre-Columbian origin and takes place annually in early May. As well as offerings ritual fights take place between people wearing jaguar masks (tecuanis). The ancient traditions state that the blood and sweat, from the fighting, that falls to the ground are an offering to the earth. In return the people ask the gods for rain and therefore, the more tecuanis that fight the more rain will fall.

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Ivan Kashinsky
Acatlan, Guerrero
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