The village of Yeh Embang in Jembrana has forced a young man said to have had sex with a cow to marry the animal in a cleansing ritual ceremony.
The ritual took place last Friday in the sea at the beach where the incident is alleged to have taken place. The cow was then drowned.
The man, identified in local press reports only as GA, 18, wore traditional costume for the wedding ceremony, in which he stood one metre away from the animal. The cow was draped in white cloth.
GA bowed his head during the ritual. “Perhaps he’s ashamed of himself,” said a local man, Nyoman Listri.
The man’s family denied he had had sex with the cow. His mother he was not alone at the scene, but was with his brother, with whom he had been fishing.
“They took a rest,” she said. “His brother saw his brother there, doing nothing. He said that his brother was only sitting by the beach.”
But a witness, Gusti Ngurah Dinar, told a different story. He said that as he and his own brother passed by the beach they saw GA copulating with the cow.