To a fanfare of traditional music played on gongs and horns, 18 slaughtered pigs were wheeled out on trucks Monday into the Hsinpu Yimin Temple in the island’s north.
The heaviest weighed a whopping 860 kilograms (1,900 pounds) — three times the average adult swine.
The carcasses, bristles shaved and pinned with decorations, were displayed upside-down, the heads with pineapples stuffed in their mouths, dwarfed by their bloated torsos.
After the festival, the carcasses are taken home by their owners and the meat distributed to friends, family and neighbors.
Tseng Jia-yun’s family spent three years fattening up their pig, which was slaughtered last week weighing 400 kilograms.
The sacrifice fulfilled the wishes of his 86-year-old grandmother.
“As a Hakka, I am proud of this divine pig culture, it’s worth preserving,” he told AFP, describing the concerns of animal rights groups as “nonsense”.
“There’s no cruelty to animals, contrary to the rumors being spread around,” he added.