Locals seek blessing from Rain God in 'Tiger Fighting' ritual

Locals in the city of Zitlala in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero participated in the age-old ritual known as Tiger Fighting, where men battle it out with a rope in order to please the God of Rain into blessing the town with rain water for their crops. For this traditional form of combat, the men dress up like Jaguars and pummel each other with clubs made of rope. The practice is believed... Еще to have been used by the Maya, Zapotecs, and Aztecs and dates back to the earliest days of the Olmec civilisation. «I've been doing this for nine, ten years already. I do it because it is the tradition of our town. We are accustomed to the rain-asking ritual more than to anything else», said one participant.

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