Still at Rantepao livestock market. Once every 6 days the livestock market is held, you have already seen the pig market, but its the buffalo (tedong) market that draws the real attention. For the Torajans the buffalo denotes wealth and prosperity, the more buffalo the richer the family.
The Toraja people treasure water buffalo and are given special care by their owners. Toraja farmers rarely use their buffalo in plowing rice fields as is usually the practice in other parts of Indonesia. The buffalos are given a daily bath and fed with nutritious fodder. The Torajans recognize five different species the grey or white skinned are the most expensive. A white buffalo with blue eyes could costs the equivalent of 20 ordinary buffalo.
The contradiction comes when we look at a Toraja funeral where many buffalo are slain during the feast, which lasts for several weeks. It is estimated that at least 60.000 buffalo are slain each year in Tana Toraja.
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stevev1 (10) 2008-10-18 5:01
Nicely composed and great colors here. The buffalo eating gives this image a funny touch.
holmertz (59032) 2008-10-18 12:12
An interesting close-up and an informative note. Good colours and a nice composition.
Waylim (25436) 2008-10-20 16:13
Another wonderful, a scene, I once was very familiar with. At time when I was frustrated with how my computer don't work and e-mail was to slow. I thought to myself, I could have been riding water buffalo somewhere in a farm if my parents had not decide to escpape from Loas. This could have been my life.
SteveH (6405) 2008-10-21 4:27
Hi Elaine, I missed this when you posted it but am happy to have found it now. Great detail preseted, with fabulous sharpness and well composed. cheers, Steve
Angshu (56760) 2008-10-21 20:53
White buffalo with blue eyes? I am yet to see a buffalo with either of these features Elaine! Interesting documentary shot from which I could gain some insight into a facet of Torajan way of life...that's what we are in this site for...quench our thirts for the unknown
Leonie (8809) 2008-11-27 0:51
hehe I like this one a lot! These buffalos are great animals.They looks somewhat majestic in the asian landscape! Nice colours in your photo! Regards, Léonie
chriswhitley (2027) 2008-12-02 13:37
Hi Elaine. Thank you for your recent comments on some of my photos. They are very much appreciated and encouraging. And through your comments I have discovered your photos which I very much like for their style. You have created a very nice portrait here of the local and his fantastic buffalo. Beautiful colours and great sharpness. Chris
scalerman (26900) 2009-04-05 22:18
Elaine: I've missed this entire series. really nice. clear -sharp - incisive, c
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (15390)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sulawesi
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 4:52