"The next time I look at the time its 8pm stillstanding in the township, my umbrella and shoes covered in the animals blood,the cow is almost gone a few more hacks with the rusty axe and buckets filledwith blood the meat will be separated from the tablecloth skin and kept in acement room for the evening. The last bit of blood is being soaked up, feelingextremely tired now I pack up my equipment into the bag. I sit down next toArchie and see people cooking pieces of meat on a warm fire that had been cutoff the animal, bags of salt lying open for the meat to be dipped into beforeeaten."
"Time to leave and it’s hard to drag Archie away fromhis friends. The now drunk and high Archie Mathews is swinging his arms intothe air telling a story to the people that surround him and he then saysfarewell, before we leave we walk into the house to say our goodbyes.
Blood stains the floors , walking through the doorover splatters of blood and into the next room, not sure what is actually goingon Archie turns around and says, “It is not satanic its tradition.” Anotherstep into the living room and there is blood trailing from the outside door andinto the kitchen, living room and then main room of the house. We sit downwaiting for the other people to give their respects and then Archie tells me togo inside and say goodbye.
I walk into the room, the widowed wife is lying on thebed not able to move only able to see who it is, I try say goodbye and thanksfor allowing me to document their traditional slaughter. In the corner of my eye there isthe cows chopped head on the floor of the room, blood oozing outwards trying toescape. Hanging from the ceiling tied by rope is the cow’s ribs and tail, flieslanding and taking off from the carcass taking a bite to eat with each swoop. Iturn around wishing that I could take a photo of this, however I was notallowed to take any images of the widow. I try my luck and ask thegranddaughter but there was no way I would get permission to document this. Isay my goodbyes and leave the property, with the walk back up the hill to mycar I ask why the cows head and sides were in the room, Archie cannot tell menor could Mr. D, all they could tell me was that it was tradition and how ithas always been done."