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Pasola Festival

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March 29, 2016 - Wainyapu (Indonesia). Riders wait to start a new wave of attacks. A skilled rider can duck an incoming spear and the very best of them can catch the spear in mid-air. For the less agile, the spears, though blunted, can spill blood, which the Sumbanese believe will fertilize the land and produce a better harvest. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom