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  • Young Carlos Alberto belongs to the Triqui native people who live in the highest mountains of the Mixtec Highlands, with a totally different language and an isolated way of living. Some people call their towns the “never conquered.”

    Different from the Mixtec people, who are ruled by a mix of local and federal laws, the Triqui rely only on ancient laws that allow selling women for marriage and men having as many wives as they can afford.

    Carlos, speaking in his native language, shares the story of the Cave of the Thunder.
  • “On April every year, the Triqui people from the Chicahuaxtla area in the Mixtec highlands gather in the Cave of the Thunder to ask the God of Thunder to bring rain to our communities. They call it the Cave of the Thunder because thunders resonate inside and it sounds like if the whole mountain was the thunder."
  • “On the way to the cave, people serve food and decorate the road with flowers. During the ceremony, the old people build a little wood house inside the cave where they come together and pray, light candles, set out little figurines and leave tribute for the God of Thunder. There’s a door in the back of the cave for the shaman to go in the darkest parts."
  • “Kids usually use the little figurines as toys in the days after the ceremony. They also hide glasses among the rocks, so they can come back and drink the water that leaks from above when they come back."
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