Masked Maqtas dancer wearing swine flu mask kneeling outside church during mass at Virgen del Carmen festival , Paucartambo , Peru
Maqtas are jovial characters / jokers common at festivals in the Cusco region. They dance in groups, either by themselves or with other dance groups, and enjoy playing jokes and pranks on spectators. Parodies of modern news events are often included in the costumes, this dancer is wearing a mask to prevent him catching swine flu (there was a major outbreak worldwide in 2009 when the image was taken).
Photograph ID: Paucartambo2009D1
Photo © James Brunker, Magical Andes Photography
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Photograph size: 20.2 Mpixels (57.9 MB uncompressed) - 3672x5508 pixels (12.2x18.3 in / 31.1x46.6 cm at 300 ppi)
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