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Blood Sacrifice in Indonesia

Sumba is an island the size of Jamaica in the Indonesian archipelago that has been cut off from the rest of the world for so long that its ancient animistic traditions survive to this day. It is the setting for ritual battles called Pasola that take place every year in February and March. The Pasola is a fight between rival clans who hurl spears at each other on horseback to “fertilize” the soil with spilled human blood. VICE reports.

 

Painted Bodies of Africa

In this episode of National Geographic Live, photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith join forces to explore the art of using skin as a canvas. The practice is performed among many African tribes to attract the opposite sex, to differentiate oneself from the enemy and to access the spirit world. (Caution: Perhaps NSFW, owing to tribal nudity).

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