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In southern Latin America, high in the Andes Mountains, a secret has been kept for centuries. Medicinal practices cultivated by the inheriting communities of an unknown ancestral knowledge. The peaks hide a magical space, of untamed energies.
The Q’eros Nation –in Peru– came to this place to protect the ancient knowledge of the Incas threatened by the Spanish Conquest. Every year they make a pilgrimage over 5,000 meters to the Qoyllur Riti Glacier. An act of sacrifice to find healing.
While in Bolivia, many of the descendants of the Aymara community settled in the heights of La Paz. Edmundo Pacheco lives there. Doctor and spiritual guide, who will cross the Andean pampas –at more than 4 thousand meters above sea level– to reach the land of Tata Bombori: the spirit of darkness. “La Fiesta del Rayo” had never been filmed. A ceremony with animal sacrifices, fire, burning of offerings, and atonement.