Ram Fighting in West Java

A boy embraces his ram ahead of a traditional sheep fight in Garut, West Java, on Aug. 4. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Yudha Baskoro | on 3:45 PM August 14, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Ram fighting is part of Sundanese culture. To preserve it, fights have been held regularly in Rancabango village, Tarogong Kaler, Garut, West Java.
Three hundred of the most beautiful rams in the province fought for Garut's strongest sheep title on Aug. 4.
Ram owners take great pride in their sheep. Worth even hundreds of millions of rupiah, the animals require exceptionally careful grooming. There are three weight classes in the competition, which is overseen by one referee and four judges. To win, a ram must collect points in such criteria as good health, boldness in attacking, the beauty and condition of its horns, the type of its wool, etc.

A sheep breeder massages his ram to relax it before a fight. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A sheep breeder massages his ram to relax it before a fight. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A man bathes his ram. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A man bathes his ram. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Worth even hundreds of millions of rupiah, fighting rams require careful grooming. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Worth even hundreds of millions of rupiah, fighting rams require careful grooming. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Fighters wait for their turn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Fighters wait for their turn. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A fighter is ready to enter the arena. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A fighter is ready to enter the arena. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Animals need to be certified to participate in fights. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Animals need to be certified to participate in fights. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Breeders massage their rams on the Garut fighting arena. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Breeders massage their rams on the Garut fighting arena. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Sheep fighting is a sport observed by male family members of all generations. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Sheep fighting is a sport observed by male family members of all generations. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Rams charge in and make an impact. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Rams charge in and make an impact. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Ruminant fighters have a huge following among human fans. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Ruminant fighters have a huge following among human fans. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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