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Once the alkaan batter is poured into the pit, it’s topped with corn husks and covered with dirt. A fire will burn on top of it for at least a day before the Kinaaldá ceremony ends so the cake will be thoroughly baked. (Photo courtesy of Natalia Miles)

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