Attempt (Funeral Ritual I)

June 14, 2009

(Photo 1 of 3) A local man attempts a second hack at the neck of a water buffalo to attempt to cut the jugular. Generally, the first cut successfully bleeds the water buffaloes which then die within seconds.

(Photo 2 of 3) Droplets of blood spew out with each exhaled breath.

(Photo 3 of 3) Despite a gaping neck wound, the water buffalo attempts to escape, causing havoc among the spectators.

(Rantepao, Sulawesi, Indonesia)
f/2.8 || 1/500s || @83mm || ISO200 || Canon 350D || Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

This christian area in Indonesia is famed for their elaborate funeral traditions. Families save their entire lives to in order to pay for animals to slaughter when loved one dies. It's not uncommon for a wealthy family to slaughter 50 water buffaloes and 100 pigs over the course of several days. The meat is later distributed to local villagers.