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Thanks Kenny, Staben, Ken, Birdie and Morris.
Aliens in Cuzco? Nah, they built the landing strips at lower elevations (the Nazca Lines) .
Staben makes the correct observation that the Indios I photographed didn't bathe very often. Honestly, I was too shy to get really close and sniff them . It can be assumed they didn't smell of "parfum." But that raises a whole bunch of questions- and I don't want this to become a B.O. discussion. But I will give these opinions: there are few (if any) health benefits to bathing regularly. In fact, scrubbing human skin every day with soap and water is UNhealthy because it removes important natural oils. 100 years ago in the US a Saturday night bath was it for a large percentage of the population. Flash to the present in the US: advertisements by perfume/deodorant manufacturers over the last 50 years or so have convinced most of us that if we smell like anything but perfumes we are terrible people and social outcasts. Truth is, if everyone stopped bathing and stunk to high heaven, after a couple of generations nobody would even notice it. We are all the victims of advertisers and corporate greed- in this and many other ways (my goodness, I have a car that's almost five years old; I need a new car or my neighbors will think ill of me). . Tuffshitski, neighbors. I'm keeping my car. And I showered this morning, but I might skip tomorrow. Deal with it!
And now back to our regular programming. (Pretty please .)
Oh- MStaben: I'm quite sure that most of the Indios who don't live in Peru's few big cities (that would be almost all the Indios) don't have running water in their homes. And they don't bathe regularly. And to you and me they would smell bad. And to each other, they smell fine- it's you and I who smell bad .