The Festival de Santa Ines is an annual event that takes place for a week in January in Dzitas, Mexico. The Municipality of Dzitas is a small “county,” located in the central-eastern part of the state, just south of Espita. There are fewer than 3,500 people who live in Dzitas, and their main artistic skills are turned toward the making of hammocks. Two-thirds of the people are indigenous, so the languages spoken in Dzitas are Spanish, Mayan, and Tzeltal.
I was shooting for a magazine and came across this en route to another location. The writer and I spent a day observing and photographing. The day started with a very sombre processing through the town to the church. Following that we were invited to an area where there was food being prepared and eaten. Turkeys and pigs were being slaughtered right there and then, butchered and cooked staright away. We then visited a Cantina for a couple of beers and met with some of the more colourful locals who were very interested in us. The remainder of the afternoon was spent watching bullfighting in a recently erected makeshift ring constructed of branches and held together with some kind of twine. The bullfighting was, depending on how you feel about these things, quite low key. Lots of men on horseback riding around wildly, shouting and spurring on the crowds, while the rather tame and meek looking bulls became dinner fairly quickly. It must rank as one of the more surreal days of my life.