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Not Superman. Pacu Jawi or a cow race can be called in Indonesian is a traditional game that is contested attraction in Tanah Datar district, West Sumatra, Indonesia.  Picture: Irwansyah, Indonesia/2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Not Superman. Pacu Jawi or a cow race can be called in Indonesian is a traditional game that is contested attraction in Tanah Datar district, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Picture: Irwansyah, Indonesia/2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Cow Race Indonesian style (Pacu Jawi)

Pacu Jawi or Cow Race is an interesting cultural event held yearly in West Sumatra, Padang, Indonesia. Pacu Jawi always 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 would bite on the cow’s tail on purpose.

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 would run in different directions splitting the jockey in half. The jockey usually falls flat on his face in the dirty and muddy water followed by a thunderous claps and cheers from spectators.

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