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Jan 25th, 2012 at 2:16pm
 
January 20 came and went. That means once again, the slinging festival known as the Chiaraje took place in the highlands of Peru. No deaths this year, plenty of wounded of course.

The following links are in Spanish, but you can enjoy the pictures. Apart from the sling, the other weapon used in the festival resembles a whip with a blunt object at the point.

http://elcomercio.pe/peru/1364292/noticia-fotos-chiaraje-feroz-guerra-pedrada-li...
http://www.larepublica.pe/22-01-2012/cusco-tradicional-chiaraje-termino-con-el-t...
http://www.deperu.com/calendario/68/fiesta-del-chiaraje-en-la-provincia-de-canas
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Reply #1 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 2:33pm
 
Hallo Bruno!
What's this celebration about? What're them celebrating by acting that way?
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Reply #2 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 2:38pm
 
The blood spilled on the Pachamama (earth) ensures good crops for the rest of the year. Besides the slings, there´s lots of dancing, music and alcohol.

Other versions say it´s a ritual from the days of the Incas, but blood for the earth is the most frequent explanation.
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Reply #3 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:11pm
 
Here's a video from 2009's event.  There are others on  youtube.  If you want a treat listen to some of the music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=PV6d6tY0lgs
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Reply #4 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:27pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:11pm:
Here's a video from 2009's event.  There are others on  youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=PV6d6tY0lgs


The comments are the funniest part. jakurak55, the top voted, rants how the festival has been "sissified" since the 70´s 80´s and 90´s. - "We used to go head on the enemy, now all they do is throw rocks at each other".
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Reply #5 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:50pm
 
"No deaths this year, plenty of wounded of course." That's crazy! At least a few had the good sense to wear hard hats.
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Reply #6 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:59pm
 
They must be atheists  Grin

By the way, celebrating an ancient Inca habit is what I thought when I first read these articles  Smiley
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2012 at 4:12pm
 
Throw stones? Full force? Puberty age we went to war slings, but we are no longer 30 years Smiley
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Reply #8 - Jan 26th, 2012 at 2:50am
 
i would prefer praying to god for abundent rains in the spring and harmonic seasons for the benefit of good harvests,to the wellfare of humans and animals,than spilling blood on pachamama. But to each his own i guess Shocked
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Reply #9 - Jan 26th, 2012 at 3:17am
 
Hay que tener valor para enfrentarse a una honda. También para lanzar contra otro ser humano. Mis respetos para mis hermanos honderos de Perú por su valor o locura. Una tradición bonita; pero salvaje. Lamento los inevitables heridos y mucho más si son muertos. Espero Rockman que tu participación se limite a observar. En todo caso protéjete bien.

Lanzo la idea de una colecta para proveer de pelotas de tenis a esta comunidad, para las siguientes ediciones. Smiley
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Reply #10 - Jan 26th, 2012 at 6:47am
 
I want to subscibe either with some Euros or tennis balls Grin
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Reply #11 - Jan 26th, 2012 at 3:22pm
 
AWESOME!!!!!!!!! How do I sign up for this?
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Reply #12 - Jan 28th, 2012 at 9:36pm
 
scoteeball wrote on Jan 25th, 2012 at 3:50pm:
"No deaths this year, plenty of wounded of course." That's crazy! At least a few had the good sense to wear hard hats.

  I remember Rockman writing that those who wear protective gear are considered wussies and are singled out for more abuse than those without such gear.
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Reply #13 - Jan 30th, 2012 at 2:49pm
 
thought it was a traditional way of settling all those little 'issues' that arise between neighbouring villages during the year.

Much like the english inter-village 'football' matches used to be back in mediaval times. (I believe foot-to-testicle would be a more proper name).

Interestingly unlike a lot of the so called 'dangerous' events that tourist flock to: bull running, the dreaded tomatoe festival etc (lol)

You don't see tourists queuing up to be attacked with slings. can't think why  Wink
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