Racing on the buffalo in Bali
• Racing on the buffalo in Bali
Today we will visit a very unusual race in the village Delod Brava region Dzhembrana in the west of Bali. Makepung - this race on a chariot drawn by two buffaloes. These traditional races are held several times a year in the period from July to November in predetermined locations.
Racing on the buffalo are held in Bali from 30-ies of the last century. The bull is sacred to the Balinese, and to participate in the most prestigious race - the Governor's Cup on Bali Province - altogether allowed only the most beautiful animals.
On the track in the early morning thousands of spectators, under the constant supervision of police forces:
On the trucks drive up the buffalo and the chariots for the jockeys. Chariot, referred kökar, made of wood and decorated with traditional carvings. Often during the race the chariot is destroyed due to track irregularities:
As already mentioned, the race on the buffalo born on the island of Bali in 1930. Such entertainment prevalent on many islands in Indonesia. Previously jockeys wore outfits soldiers of ancient Balinese principalities. But now they can see a special form for the race and traditional headbands.
Another thing - water buffalo and chariots. For owners of the bull participate in the annual races - this is a great prestige. Pets are decorated with traditional hats, flowers and beautiful ribbons. Some buffalo horns are covered by a kind of colored fabric covers:
A particularly cool look "crown." A few days before the race to participate in them buffalo begins the real life of paradise. However, they are riding on the training, but the choicest food and feed, including mixed with honey duck eggs are treated with vitamins and watered sells in stores for the people "energy" drinks:
The youth-rider shows his buffalo:
Today - a special day, because at stake is the Cup of the Governor of Bali. The amount of money that is put on the riders is incalculable. There is talk about what that astronomical sums in the tens of thousands of dollars:
How much emotion on the face of the jockey:
Often adjusting bulls used a whip or a stick here with sharp nails:
Jockey that there are forces has maddened bull on the rump with a stick, thereby regulating the rate of teams:
release of three riders each other at a time. Path length of about one and a half kilometers. Whose ox will make the best lap, he will be the winner. Surprisingly, the referee stops running at the finish of the entire bull rate only one flick of the wrist.
During the race, the mad animal can instantly fly into a crowd of spectators causing injury, but today it was no accident:
In the picture a man running scared bulls so they do not run into the crowd:
Many animals look after the race, to put it mildly, not very:
A member of the team, bull pours water after a hot contest. The skin on the rump of many bulls like a socketed sieve:
As an epilogue
Many traditional fun in Indonesia, including the cockfights or whaling, full of pointless bloody cruelty, but it should be understood that it is a tradition and may be because of this, the locals are very friendly and helpful to each other and foreigners.