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The Spirit of Pacu Jawi

By harrysulistio  
When it's time to prepare the rice fields for planting, it's time to hold a Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race. Cattle compete by racing down a muddy field pulling rice plows behind them.

Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race is an exciting cultural event held every year in West Sumatra, Tanah Datar and Payakumbuh, Indonesia. They're a major, well-organized event. Pacu Jawi is always held in the muddy rice fields and is usually carried out in accordance with the harvest season. Jockey riding a pair of cow while holding only on the cows. In order to force the cows to walk faster, they will bite the cows on purpose. Two cows are loosely tied together so it is more difficult to maintain a consistent long-term. This creates a fun and funny moments, for example, two oxen will run in different directions jockey splitting in half. Jockey fell flat on his face in dirty water and mud followed by thunderous applause and cheers from the audience.

I took this culture image in Tanah Datar of West Sumatra, Indonesia in Feb 12, 2011.

Tags: Photo journalism

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Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
12 Jun 2012 11:16AM
Now that looks like jolly good fun...for the audience not the cows. A really fine photo of the event, you have caught the action and the flying mud.

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 11:21AM
A great action shot as well as documentation of the event
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
12 Jun 2012 11:41AM
Absolutely fabulous image Harry,captures the drama of the event that we can only dream of visiting.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 11:49AM
Excellent capture.

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
12 Jun 2012 11:55AM
Wonderful and powerful capture,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Jun 2012 12:34PM
Wonderful action capture, Harry, and a great write up.

Everything to like, very good timing ,great action shot, really enjoyed the write up, good work.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 1:51PM
Wow cracking image
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
12 Jun 2012 2:08PM
Excellent shot.

wow great action shot like it
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 5:37PM
Very well captured!
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 8:03PM
Super action shot and interesting info.
speybay 13 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2012 10:18PM
Stunning action capture , perfect compostion .

25 Jul 2012 9:09PM
Great action shot Smile

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