Buzkashi, the national game of the Afghanis

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UploadedNovember 10, 2010
TakenMarch 21, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/50 sec at f/8
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Focal Length24 mm
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Buzkashi players (expert horsemen) grab a calf’s headless carcass during the Nowruz (the Persian New Year) celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Buzkashi is an ancient game played in Afghanistan and dates back to the days of the conqueror Ghengis Khan - 13th century.

The carcass of a calf is beheaded, its four legs cut off from the knee, and its insides emptied. After this, the carcass is soaked in cold water for 24 hours before the game so that it may be tough enough for the horsemen. Sand is, sometimes, packed inside for extra bulk.

The headless calf is then placed in the starting circle at one end of a big field. The horsemen try to pick up the carcass, ride to the other end of the field, circle a flag pole, return to the starting end, dropping the carcass in a circle designated for each team.

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  • sameer khanore

    sameer khanore gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Superb !!!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    great entry, wonderful shot- got my vote

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (10 Nov 2010):

    Amazing intensity and I love the movement.

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (10 Nov 2010):

    Voted. Great 1.

  • Digital Incline

    Digital Incline   said (11 Nov 2010):

    This is AMAZING!!!

  • KabulScene

    KabulScene gave props (17 Nov 2010):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (1 Dec 2010):

    Probably not ready for Monday Night Sports in the U.S.of A., though. Most of us can't even look our food in the eye so used to packaged products as we are.
    I sure wish we all could get past all this religiosity conflict ... such an interesting, and for most of the West, unknown culture.
    Thanks for these photos!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (14 Dec 2010):

    great entry!

  • Benjamin Sixberry

    Benjamin Sixberry gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    Wow, good photo. Great story behind it. Voted.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

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  • Jon Matthies

    Jon Matthies gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    Very interesting, and perfect for "Frenzy."

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