It has been six days since Lucio, old Dimas and the other men from Cotabambas left their village and began camping at an altitude of 5,000 meters, in the Peruvian Puna. Once a year, the villagers assign them the mission of bringing back the legendary condor, the sacred messenger of the gods, in order to perpetuate the secular rite of celebrating Yawar. The condor is tied to a bull, to recall the powerful, mythological Incan animal whose appearance was that of a winged bull. The next day, the condor resumes his flight toward the high plateau, free once again to join the gods of the heavens.
The Messenger of the Gods