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Ayquina Mayhem

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While visiting the north of Chile, I tried to capture the essence of different religious celebrations. Ayquina is the first of my project.
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  • El Carnaval de Ayquina en el norte de Chile, es una festividad de raigambreprehispánica asociada a la fertilidad de la tierra. Es una fiesta sincrética que se mezcla con lacelebración de la aparición de la Virgen de la Guadalupe, quién según latradición, se manifestó a un niño de la localidad de Tiara.
    Hoy en día se celebra a la Virgen durante cinco díascon cantos y bailes de distintas escuelas y bandas culturales que vienen delugares tan lejos como Perú y Bolivia.

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    The Ayquina Carnival in the north of Chile, is a religious festivity of prehispanicorigins related to the Earth’s fertility. It’s a syncretic event that mixes itsorigins with the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to a shepherd boy fromthe small town of Tiara. The celebration lasts for five days during which differentbands from as far as Peru and Bolivia share their happiness with dances andchants.

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