CUZCO, Peru (AP) — Every year, thousands of faithful trek for seven hours up to the foot of Peru's Pachatusan mountain to pay homage to the Lord of Huanca — an image of Jesus Christ, scourged and bleeding, that tradition says was painted in a cave 339 years ago.

Believers say Jesus appeared to a native who had been forced into mine work and then fled, taking refuge in a cave to escape punishment by the Spanish. The man later described his vision to an artist who painted the image in a cavern in the Huanca region near the Andean city of Cuzco.

Devotees hike up to the sanctuary at night, carrying candles and flowers.

 

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