Thursday, February 23, 2012

赛牛 Pacu Jawi





Pacu Jawi (cow racing) is an important and popular even in Tanah Datar Sumatera Barat, Indonesia since few hundred years ago. It is held with full tradition with the involvement of the community elders. There are speeches and followed with a customary procession to the muddy padi field racing ground with traditional music together with the colorfully “dressed” cows.

The fastest and strongest cow may not be the winner, but the one that can run straight will be chosen as champion.

The hidden philosophy of Pacu Jawi is clear: as human we must also act straight, be a straight person and you will be respected.