Expression Reflection in Pacu Jawi

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Syarif Rohimi

Pacu Jawi Festival is a 400-year-old tradition in Batu Sangkar West Sumatra Indonesia. Held after the rice harvest once the paddies have been cleared. Competitors yoke themselves barefoot to two bulls using a wooden harness, and drive the animals by gripping their tails. Winners are judged by their ability to run in a straight line, and by whether both animals are cooperating. Some 600 bulls and 50 farmers participated over a number of races usually held in February.

Location: West Sumatra Indonesia


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