SAVIKA


Savika is a malagasy tradition riding a bull. The event takes place once a year during eastern time in Ambositra in the highlands of Madagascar. The brave mpisavika who dance with the bulls don't receive any trophies for their courage. It is a rite of passage that must do a young man to be accepted as a man responsible in the community.

In Madagascar culture, zebu is considered the most prized possession a man can have, even more important than owning a house or a nice car, and savika is just another way of expressing the bond between man and zebu.

"Savika expresses the desire of love between the human and the zebu. Their contact regarded as a fight has the same meaning as the linkage between two individuals who become of the same mind with each other."