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Peruvian Fight Club Looks Insane, Completely Drunk

This is how they ring in the New Year in the Andes, and it looks psychotically amazing. These are photos from the Takanakuy, an ancient tradition among certain Peruvian villages in which guys get drunk, wear masks and beat the hell out of each other to settle disputes. It’s an airing of grievances all over your FACE.

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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. Takanakuy 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.

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Andean men wearing masks dance while entering the ring to participate in fights during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man wearing a mask is seen before participating in a fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man participates in a one-on-one fight in the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man is lifted up after being knocked down in a fight during the Takanakuy.

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Andean people watch one-on-one fights as a drunk man lies on the ground during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man reacts after losing a fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man receives a punch during a one-on-one fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man wearing a mask and a dead bird is seen before participating in a fight during the Takanakuy.

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Andean men participate in a one-on-one fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man wraps his fists before participating in a one-on-one fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man drinks a bottle of alcohol before fighting during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man disperses the crowd with a whip before one-on-one fights during the Takanakuy.

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A bleeding Andean man reacts after losing a fight during the Takanakuy.

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An Andean man wearing a mask is seen before participating in a fight during the Takanakuy.

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Andean men participate in a one-on-one fight during the Takanakuy.

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Andean men wearing masks enter the ring to participate in fights during the Takanakuy.

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Andean men participate in a one-on-one fight during the Takanakuy.

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A participant with a deer head waits for the beginning of the fights during the Takanakuy

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