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Pasola: One Of Mankind's Oldest And Most Violent Rituals

Pasola is a harvest festival in the Indonesian Island of Sumba wherein two villages face-off on horseback. The shamans determine the date of the Pasola based on the annual appearance of the nyale seaworms. 88 more words

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Seven days to Pasola

Horsemen roam the battlefield, spears are flying and hopefully there will be blood soaking the ground, a necessary toll to guarantee a bountiful harvest: this is Pasola, an astonishing joust that marks the end of a ceremonial ritual taking place after the February and March full moon, when sea worms called Bau Nyale flood the coast of South-West Sumba. 2.223 more words

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