Casabindo Bullfight

August 15 in Casabindo, Jujuy, Argentina.

In the main square of the Puna village of Casabindo, an improvised, disarmed bullfighter flourishes a red cloth in an attempt to provoke a bull with a red cloth into charging him so he can snatch the headband with silver coins from around its horns and offer it to the Virgin.
The scene is repeated about ten times with different bulls and bullfighters as hundreds of onlookers perched atop the walls of the square wait to see what will happen. The event is preceded by a mass, and a religious procession that is accompanied by men dressed like rheas, and bands of musicians who play erkes and drums.
Other worthwhile experiences at the same time of year: The Sapagua petroglyphs and the Regional Folklore Museum in Humahuaca.
PHOTO: The Casabindo bullfight. Bonnie Tucker.