Once a year, Abad Macario Díaz puts on his padded jaguar mask and slings jabs and uppercuts in an impromptu outdoor fight club. Hundreds of spectators pour in from his hometown of Acatlan, Mexico to watch this age-old ritual, known as Tiger Fighting (a misnomer since they wear Jaguar masks).
“The main reward is rain,” he says.
To petition a bountiful harvest from the God of Rain, participants dance, whip and box each other. “Without this rainy season, well, there wouldn’t be a harvest. And if there’s no harvest, there’s no food. And if there’s no food, there’s no Acatlan,” Díaz says.
Producer and Camera: Nancy Lillian De la Cruz
Camera: Nicolas Cruz
Executive Producer: Storyhunter
Are you a video journalist or documentarian? Want to get paid to tell the stories you love? Learn more and become a Storyhunter at storyhunter.tv
Follow us on Twitter
Loading more stuff…
Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?