In the Easterly Malayan State of Kelantan, age-old customs and traditions are still sacrosant. Even?
In the Easterly Malayan State of Kelantan, age-old customs and traditions are still sacrosant. Even in games the preference for the old is marked.
The Bull Fight is one of them - and when one is announced, people flock from nearby villages travelling by foot, and the inexpensive trishawa.
These are special pedigree Bulls, bred as fighters, and naturally scorning such "Menial" jobs as ploughing and pulling carts. These Bulls cost from 30 to 100 Malayan Pounds, while ordinary Bullocks fetch only 4 to 12.
Bulls are given a wash and massage before the fight, meanwhile punters do their betting. People on the Malayan East Coast are not immune from the Human instinct to gamble. Here too, they study the history of the Bull, its past fights and performances and then throw in the bets.
Then the fight starts. As punters cheer their favourites, the bulls use all instinctive tactics to defeat the opponent. It looks like a deadlock when the two animals horns lock in combat, but each is manoeuvring for the next move.
After several crafty manoeuvres, one manages to get the better of the other to claim victory, and happy are the punters who backed the right bull.