Buffalo Sacrifice Festival in Central Highlands

Among traditional ceremonies and festivities in the Central Highlands, the buffalo-stabbing ritual is held vividly.

Dancing and singing before the buffalo-stabbing show (Photo: Chris)
 

It is a grand ceremony where a buffalo is tied to a pole and killed to worship the deities and ancestors, or to pray for an abundant crop.

The main show comes

Before the festival, some buffalos are selected for the offering ceremony.

Then, the selected animals are tied to a pole.

In the gong sounds, with shields and swords in hand, the youngsters dance around joyfully.

 A stab makes the buffalo bend down

Then, the performers try to kill the buffalo by one stab in its heart. 

Some worshipping activities right after the death of the buffalo

Khuong – T. Thuy

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