2,000 feet high in the heart of the Nanjian mountain range, an ethnic polytheist ritual marks the end of the conventional Chinese Lunar New Year in Wa Nu Bo, a tiny Yi hill tribe village in Yunnan province.


As part of a longstanding Yi tradition, one family in the village sacrifices an adult pig and goat in the courtyard to honour their gods and prepare for Chinese New Year celebrations. 


However, the annual bloodletting is as pragmatic as it is ceremonial - both animals provide much-needed sustenance for the entire year.


Published in FLINT Magazine: http://flintmag.com/luna_new_year/

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