Bullfighting activities in Indonesia
West Sumatrans love a good bullfight, known locally as adu kerbau. The centres for bullfighting are the villages of Kota Baru and Batagak, between Padang and Bukittinggi. Bullfights are held irregularly, and most tours originate out of Bukittinggi; ask the local guides about upcoming events.
It bears no resemblance to Spanish bullfighting - there is no bloodshed (except by accident) and the water buffalo bulls are unharmed, save for their reputations. The showdown matches up two animals of roughly the same size and weight who are made to lock horns in a trial of strength. The winner is whichever one forces the other into a retreat. It often ends up with both beasts…