August 1, 2008 3:08 AM   Subscribe

Buzkashi in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; Kokburu, or Ulak Tartysh in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The ancient game of Goatgrabbing is still played on the Central Asian Steppes. It's more modern derivative polo is played from India to Argentina and is known as the Sport of Kings. Previously pre YouTube

For those who are considering the sport the first necessity is a good bank roll.
posted by adamvasco (9 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I thought horse racing was the sport of kings.

This is way more cooler.
posted by three blind mice at 4:07 AM on August 1, 2008

posted by gman at 4:35 AM on August 1, 2008

I'm an idiot who doesn't read posts all the way through.
posted by gman at 4:36 AM on August 1, 2008

The Goatgrabbing link says it involves bestiality. When does that part come in?
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:02 AM on August 1, 2008

Decent photos of the Mazar buzkashi (photos of 2006) held every Nawruz. I seen a couple, and never actually worked out what the hell was going on.
posted by YouRebelScum at 7:26 AM on August 1, 2008

posted by cashman at 9:25 AM on August 1, 2008

There's an SCA variation on this game that doesn't include horses, but has fully armored guys fighting over a (fake) sheep or something like that. Maybe someone can fill us in on how that version works.

Or, after tomorrow, I can -- I'm going to watch it being played tomorrow afternoon. Should be entertaining.
posted by litlnemo at 10:11 AM on August 1, 2008

For those who are considering the sport the first necessity is a good bank roll.

bullshit, y'all. just play bike polo instead.
posted by mano at 4:17 PM on August 1, 2008

Well, I was gonna describe the SCA bushkazi variant, but most of the guys who were gonna play it didn't feel like dragging their armor out for it so the game didn't happen. Darn it.
posted by litlnemo at 12:44 PM on August 5, 2008

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