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It is October 2019, and a number of small battles are raging in the Tandung region of North Toraja, Sulawesi. 

Spectators have taken a seat on wooden planks and chairs, and on the grass, while waiting for participants to arrive. They have brought their chickens with them.

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Eko Rusdianto

Eko started his career as an announcer at Sindikasi Berita Pantau (Yayasan Pantau Jakarta) in 2008. Now a freelance writer, he has written for a range of publications including Mongabay and Vice Indonesia. He’s based in Bantimurung in South Sulawesi.