Pacu Jawi or Cow Race (in Minang Language) is one of cultural event that has been famous since ancient times. These events are spread throughtout Tanah Datar and Lima Puluh Koto Region. According to accounts from Uda Nel, a former jawi’s jockey from Parambahan, Tanah Datar, this event has been flying since The Padri’s Horde established their influence in Minangkabau. At the same time, the throne of the Kingdom Pagaruyung decreased due to intervention of the Dutch East India Company or VOC. In the first time, this activity is undertaken to fill the spare time of farmers class, who will enter the growing season. Therefore, the race is arrange in a rice field with full of mud or wet land. This race is so contrast with Karapan Sapi in Madura which actually do on dry land.
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