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Behind the scenes at Corpus Christi
While in Cusco, Peru, the Corpus Christi festival was in full swing. Every year, the local people carry enormous effigies of Catholic Saints up the Andes mountains and then back down, all the way to the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza del Armas. The legend goes that the night before the main festivities, when all the saints are stored in the central nave of the church, they come alive and talk to each other. We were able to slip inside as the young men were carrying the saints into the streets- it's a great honor to carry the saints, though many have died doing so, from the extreme weight. I snapped this shot just as they were walking past.
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