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National Geographic Young Explorer, Sandhya Narayanan, is a linguist and anthropologist researching multilingualism and social change around the world. She is committed to understanding how linguistic diversity is maintained in communities around the world and to spreading awareness about language use in the world we live in today.

When spirits walk among us: Celebrating the dead in the Peruvian highlands

The sun is setting, and the temperature in the air begins to drop, hovering just above freezing. As the sky darkens, the winds start to get to get stronger, threatening a surprise rain or hail storm over the land. The locals, familiar with these signs, stay inside and wait for the dawn to begin. But this night is different, it is October 31. Tomorrow is November 1, the day that the dead return to the land of the living.