Between earth and blood

In the region of Guerrero, in the south of Mexico, the Nahuatl community lives mainly by subsistence farming, planting corn, beans, squash and chili peppers. To ensure good rainfall and fruitful harvests, the population organizes annual " petición de la lluvia " festive and ritualized fights between neighboring villages. For every drop of blood spilled, a drop of rain is collected. Men, women and children confront each other during the first days of May in fights sprinkled with artisanal mezcal as a symbol of purification.

La Esperanza, Guerrero. March 2021 

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