Woman beating damp qoya grass with a stone before making new ropes to rebuild the bridge , Q'eswachaka , Canas province , Peru
Women are not allowed down to the site of the bridge while it is being replaced, as it is believed their presence will make Pachamama jealous. Instead they remain on the roadside above the bridge and make new ropes for the handrails of the new bridge. This woman is beating damp qoya grass with a stone to make it softer for weaving into rope.
Photograph ID: Qeswachaca2010D219
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