Pacu Jawi is Indonesian for ‘fast bull’ and is an extreme event held every year in Java West Indonesia. It’s a way for the local people to celebrate the rice harvest and, it’s an opportunity for the locals to demonstrate the strength of their bulls and to get more money for them.
The race is very muddy and extreme but it only helps the sellers to show off their bulls. Two bulls wear a wooden bridal on which the jockey stands while holding onto the animals’ tails. Sometimes the jockeys even bite the tails to make the bulls go even faster. The animals also tend to separate sometimes so jockeys often get stretched to the extreme which makes holding on even more challenging. At the end, the winning pair of jawi can be sold for several hundred or even thousands of dollars.