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Peruvians come to blows to end conflict

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 - 00:47

Dec. 26 - Hundreds of competitors gather to battle out the year's quarrels in a traditional Peruvian fighting ritual. Tara Cleary reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL It's violent and probably extremely painful, but residents of Chumbivilcas, Peru swear by the positive effects of the Takanakuy festival -- a traditional fighting ritual which aims to settle old scores before the year's end. Both sexes settle conflicts with fists, which could range from legal matters to stolen lovers. Even the referees aren't safe from the odd over-zealous competitor. And it seems for these folks at least, there's nothing that can't be solved by a hug, a feisty battle and dancing. Ensuring a conflict-free … or unconscious New Year.

Peruvians come to blows to end conflict

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 - 00:47

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