Buzkashi — the Sport of Central Asian Steppes and Afghanistan

Traditional Afghan Music

Gather up a group of Nomads from the North of Afghanistan. Throw in a decapitated dead goat and 40 or 50 highly prized horses. You’ve got Buzkashi. Literally, “dead goat.”

The goal of the game is for the rider to grab the goat, carry it from one pole to the other and then throw it in the circle at the center of the field.

I was given this video by an Afghani friend who lived in Mazr-e Sherif for a number of years. He’s lived and worked all over the north of Afghanistan with coalition forces. He’s attended the game several times and says it is an exciting spectacle. He confirmed the stories that I have heard about the riders being injured, maimed and killed during competition. Riders have been knocked from their horse and trampled to death in the midst of the game. The horses are specially bred and trained for the sport. They have to be able to stop on a dime, bend down and allow their rider to grab the goat and then take off at a full gallop from the standstill.

Incredible horses. Amazing riders.

They say that these competitions can last for days. Often more than a week. Leaving both horse and rider exhausted and more often than not with several injuries–broken bones and bloody Gashes.

If you wish, you can learn more about this game here — Buskashi.

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4 comments on “Buzkashi — the Sport of Central Asian Steppes and Afghanistan

  1. Pingback: Bones » Buzkashi — the Sport of Central Asian Steppes and Afghanistan

  2. Just goes to show that you learn something new every day…lol Beautiful horses. I’m a kind of squeamish about the goat, though. Not too much, just a little.

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