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This is part of a series of pictures of my stay in Miarayon, Bukidnon, Mindanao with the Tala-andig people: Miarayon and the Tala-andig

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One of the main forms of entertainment in Miarayon, like in many impoverished areas, is gambling. The 'Big Three' here are card games, cock-fighting, and horse-fighting.

The ring for the latter is being built here in this photo. It's a mostly circular enclosure with a rectangular section jutting out of the back.

Here's how it works. You put a mare in heat into the ring with two stallions. Then have her trot around and get the boys excited. Now you sit back and watch em go at it. After alot of kicking and biting, the one who cowers off into the rectangular section loses.

Thing is, the winner doesn't get the girl. How unfair is that?!?

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Oh, and strapped on to the man's belt is his "bolo." All the men carry around these long knives with them pretty much all the time (used as a garden tool, a wood ax, a construction tool, etc). This is sometimes a problem when they're drunk and have little arguments.

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