EL TUNUPHA 50 80
el Tunupha 50 x 80" 1995
Tunupha: god of storms and weather, bringer of life-giving rains and devastating hail to the altiplano; the name given to this imposing volcano in the Aymara tradition of venerating particular peaks as the physical manifestations of their various deities.

Driving south toward evening, a great storm blows up to our west, with livid streaks of lightning jabbing the plain. Fortunately for us in our tiny tents, the ominous clouds are no more than a dramatic distant threat. We sleep dry under cold stars; Tunupha permits our passage, dominating the horizon for two days as we venture southward into the volcanic vastness of the Bolivian desert.

 


in the Andes

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