Pasola

literally stabbed with a spear

It Is Time to Appropriate Pasola, Indonesian Sport of Kings

Pasola is half ultraviolent rock-and-spear polo and half religious ritual. It's the perfect sport for America.
Malt Schlitzmann
1.28.16
the vice guide to travel

Blood Sacrifice in Sumba

Where Shamans and warriors worship holy sea worms.
Milene Larsson
7.31.13
the vice guide to travel

Blood Sacrifice in Sumba

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.
VICE Staff
7.12.13
the vice guide to travel

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.
VICE Staff
7.11.13
the vice guide to travel

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...
Milene Larsson
7.9.13
Travel

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...
Milène Larsson, Photos by James Morgan
7.9.13