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Indonesia: Cow Race (Pacu Jawi), West Sumatra - Batusangkar

Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race is an interesting cultural event held yearly in West Sumatra, Padang, Indonesia. Pacu Jawi always held at a muddy rice field and is usually carried out according to the harvest season. The jockey rides a pair of cow while holding on only to the cow's tail. In order to force the cows to run faster, they would bite on the cow's tail on purpose. The two cows are loosely tie together making it that much harder to maintain a long consistent run. This creates some fun and hilarious moments, for instance, two cows would run in different directions splitting the jockey in half. The jocket fall flat on his face in the dirty and muddy water followed by a thunderous claps and cheers from spectators.




by 'Puli' Muhammad Yunus

 
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