Blood boils and fists fly

Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:35am EST

1 of 20. Andean men participate in a one-on-one fight during the 'Takanakuy,' a traditional festivity at Chumbivilcas province, in Cuzco, December 25, 2011. 'Takanakuy', which means 'when the blood is boiling' in Quechua, is an annual and ancient celebration inherited from the pre-hispanic Chanka culture, that gives hundreds of Andean villagers the chance to solve their love, honor and property problems through the force of blows as a way to put differences behind them before the New Year.

Credit: Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

The ancient celebration of “Takanakuy” gives Andean villagers the chance to solve their love, honor and property problems through the force of blows as a way to put differences behind them before the New Year.