National Geographic : 1971 Aug
In a savage pas de deux, stal lions fight before an audience of Ubos. To provoke combatants for this favorite tribal spectacle, men introduce a stallion to a mare in heat, then bring out a second male to arouse the jeal ousy of the first. Holding the en raged animals on long leashes, handlers pit them in an encoun ter that resounds with the thump of hoofs against ribs until one of the horses backs off, usually uninjured. The duel took place at the encampment of the powerful Ubo chief Ma Falen during a visit by Elizalde (below). Skewered chicken tempts Elizalde and Ye Ellin, eldest of Datu Ma Falen's four wives. Treasured bracelets and rings line her arms and fingers, and anklets bespangle her legs. The pair dine at a feast laid out by the chief to honor his Panamin visitors-a spontaneous salute repeated wherever the Secre tary travels. Leader of the Ubos' efforts to hold their lands, Ma Falen has tasted the bitterness of the struggle: A few days after he joined in a protest to the Phil ippine President, a band of heavily armed men machine gunned his house, killing his 15-year-old daughter and an other child, and seriously wounding a woman. 245 KODACHROMES © N.G.S.