Artistic residents in Jiangcheng County, Yunnan Province, China decorated their bulls for a festival, but the tradition began from a small Chinese group who believed painting their bulls would protect their village.
The Hani minority tale preached that the painted bulls would scare away tigers from wandering into their homes. And this tradition now gives people the prefect excuse to show off their artistic talents.
With bright blues, dazzling yellows and splashes of deep red and green, these bulls’ makeover was a bright change from their usual brown or white skin. Elaborate scenes of countryside, people, weather and patterns were painstakingly etched and tidily painted, including even the bulls’ horns.