An indigenous Nahua woman prays in a sacred place, here the townspeople gather to celebrate and share food before the ritual fights take place.
In the indigenous Nahua community of La Esperanza in Mexico, people maintain the tradition of fighting to ask for rain and obtaining a good harvest season. The people of La Esperanza and nearby communities gather in the afternoon in the middle of a field of sowing set up as a battlefield. Men and women fight with their fists and the blows are aimed at the face. His blood represents the fertility of the earth and when it falls into the furrows it becomes the sacred liquid that will germinate the corn plant.