|White Yi family in Xundian County|
|White Yi village near Jijie|
|White Yi women|
|ethnic style of the White Yi women|
|traditional White Yi man's outfit|
|BlackYi women, Xundian County|
|awaiting the start of the program|
|White Yi at the festival grounds|
|escorting the village champion to the arena|
Fortunately, the bull halted before reaching the tents, turned away and ambled quietly towards the valley. For me and the other startled spectators it seemed we were in for an exciting day. But none of the ensuing fights matched the drama and adrenalin rush of the first two. In fact, they were so normal as to be, in view of what had happened already, kind of anti-climactic.
|a handler watches his bull i combat|
The Yi were prepared for any bullish recalcitrance. Several Yi picadors jabbed at the beasts with long sticks to provoke their anger, under the assumption the bulls would take it out on each other and not turn around and attack the picadors. Finally the bulls locked horns and began pushing and ramming each other, with pauses in between efforts, until one bull proved the stronger and the loser turned and fled.
|head-to-head and may the best bull win|