Pasola

    • 7.11.13

      Blood Sacrifice in Sumba

      Sumba, an island in the Indonesian archipelago. It is the setting for annual ritual battles called Pasola. A fight between rival clans that hurl spears on horseback, to "fertilize" the soil with spilled human blood.

    • 7.9.13

      Blood Sacrifice in Sumba - Trailer

      Sumba is an island the size of Jamaica in the Indonesian archipelago that has been cut off from the rest of the world for so long that its ancient animistic traditions survive to this day. It is the setting for ritual battles called Pasola which take...

    • 7.9.13

      Blood Sacrifice in Sumba

      We had come to Sumba film the lead-up to the Pasola battle in Wanukaka, a village where members of the Praibakul clan had been prepping their spears and horses for this year’s fight against the neighboring Waihura clan. The battle was set to take place...

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