These photographs were taken during the slaughtering of a huge, white buluk (cow) in Bravet on Gaua Island. The animals are an investment (one can cost between 100-150$) and grase most of their life in paddocks under coconut trees. When the time comes they are slaughtered and sold to the community to raise money, often to help pay the school fees of the children which can be as high as 1500$ per year after grade 6.

a hybrid by ramin krause

Early on Sunday morning the man bring the cow to the street and cut it’s throat. Slowly more and more people come to help cut and buy some meat. Until noon the slaughtering spot under the trees is busy with people and dogs, feasting their eyes on the colours of the freshly cut meat.