The goddess who loves a drink.
August is known as the “tricky” month for the people of the Argentinian Andes. They live in the clouds, up in the mountains in one of the highest inhabited cities in the world. It is here that the cold of August – it is the dead of winter for those south of the Equator – makes residents wary. They are more susceptible to illness. Their crops and livestock are at greater risk of succumbing to the elements. August 1 also marks the halfway point of the dry season and the start of a new year.
Just like our New Years celebrations where often drink our way from the old into the new, the people of the Argentinean Andes use alcohol as well. Except the importance of the wine is not in its consumption, but rather in its sacrifice.