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Pacu Jawi Photo Tour

Pacu Jawi, or Cow Race is a cultural event held in Batu Sangkar, Tanah Datar in West Sumatra province, Indonesia. Pacu Jawi is held at a muddy rice field and is usually carried out according to the harvest season. The jockey rides a pair of cows while holding on only to the cow's tail. In order to force the cows to run faster, they sometimes bite on the cow's tail!

The two cows are loosely tied together making it that much harder to maintain a long consistent run. This creates some fun and hilarious moments, for instance, two cows can run in different directions almost splitting the jockey in half. The jockey falls flat on his face in the muddy water and the crowd responds with thunderous applause and cheers. Pacu Jawi has existed for many generations and was originally an activity carried out by farmers after harvest to spend leisure time as well as a means of entertainment for the local community. You may have noticed that many photo competition winners are those featuring the racing cows of Pacu Jawi.

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