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Horrifying moment a livebull is hung from a tree until it dies for Chinese 'luck' festival
- The 'cow hanging ceremony' is supposed to bring a bumper harvest
- It has been carried out by the Dong people of China for about 400 years
- Bull is decorated with flowers before being hoisted up and left to die
Chinese villagers havedefended their tradition of hanging a live bull from a tree until it dies aspart of a ritual to bring them luck and a bumper harvest.
The 'cow-hanging ceremony'has been carried out by the minority Dong people of southern China for almost500 years and now attracts hundreds of tourists.
The tradition in Baojiangvillage, Guangxi Zhuang region, is supposed to bring good weather and a full harvest,as well as peace and prosperity.
Residents parade thebull around the area, where it supposedly collects bad luck.
They then choose aceremonial tree in the village, from which to hang the animal, and decorate itwith red flowers before it is killed.
Residents in Baojiangvillage, Rongshui, Guangxi, have denied the spectacle is cruel, and arerefusing to give it up, especially as it is growing into a popular touristattraction.
Lu Hung, who lives in thevillage, said the killing of the bull is part of their traditions.
He said: 'We also hang cowsalso to warn those people who don’t behave themselves. [This] used to be thethreat of what will happen to them.'
The ceremony has been heldannually for 470 years on June 2 of the traditional Chinese calendar andtraditionally acts as a warning to villagers to abide by local rules.
Once the animal isdecorated and tied with the rope, the strongest villagers haul the terrifiedand struggling bull into the air where it eventually dies in front of familiesand young children.
The noose is sometimeslooped over the animal's leg so it stays alive for longer for the hundreds ofpeople who turn up to watch.
Villagers who watch thestruggles will be blessed by the gods, according to tradition.
There are about threemillion ethnic Dong people in Chinaand they have a distinct language and festivals from the rest of the country.
Many of their rituals areaimed at appeasing their gods and animals, usually chickens, are offered as asacrifice.
The chickens are attachedto 'sacred trees' until they die.