Photographer's Note

This is part of a series of pictures of my stay in Miarayon, Bukidnon, Mindanao with the Tala-andig people: Miarayon and the Tala-andig

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This is a winning rooster.

He suffered from major gashes on to his legs revealing alot of muscle. To tell you the truth he looked like a store chicken more than a live one. You could see under the skin right down the thigh. In this photo he's being cut open furthur with scissors so as to be cleaned up then stitched up with everyday thread.

Cock-fighting in the Philippines is a blood sport. The loser does not fight again. And "winners" like this one, are often near death and don't fight again for months.

You see, it isn't just mano-a-mano, bare claw battling. Little (5-7cm) knives are tied to their claws before each fight so as to maximise the damage done.

As I was told by one of the village datus, "you know 'lex, we don't have much here, so we find our joy where we can."

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I will also post a BW version as a WS.

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