Horses of Life and Death Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Horses of Life and Death the Movie

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Documentary that outlines the beliefs of the people on the island of Sumba on the concepts of life and death and the role of the horse as a messenger between the human and spirit worlds. Follows two major ceremonial events: a large-scale equestrian jousting battle held to celebrate fertility and the harvest, and an elaborate funeral ritual that ends with a procession led by the dead man's horse carrying his soul off to the afterlife.


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Available on VHS
Running time 25 minutes.

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Documentary Films, Asia, Anthropology, Religion, Death, Horses

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