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Transcript of Buzkashi
The object of the game, is to get control of the carcass and bring it to the scoring area. . Although it seems like a simple task, it is not. Only the most masterful players, (called chapandaz) ever even get close to the carcass. The competition is fierce, and the winner of a match receives prizes that have been donated by a sponsor. What? Where? How to play? History Buzkashi is a popular sport in Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries, especially nations where the steppe, or treeless, short-grass prairie, dominates the landscape. The object of the game, is to get control of the carcass and bring it to the scoring area.
Buzkashi translated into English means "goat grabbing" or "goat killing." A headless carcass of a goat, a calf or a sheep is placed in the center of a circle and surrounded by the players of two teams who are on horseback. The object of the game is to pick up the carcass and bring it across a goal line or into the winner's circle.
The carcass to be used in Buzkashi is gutted and soaked in water 24 hours before the game starts. This is done so the carcass stays together and won't be torn to pieces while the hundreds of horsemen compete to grab the carcass and score. Sometimes sand is also packed inside the carcass to give it some extra weight.
Opponents can punch each other in the face, kick each other and sometimes if they're playing near a river, they may even try to drown their opponent. The national sport of Afghanistan is a dangerous, free-wheeling battle to keep control of a goat's carcass.
The game Buzkashi has been played since the 13th century. Tribes in Afghanistan would often steal goats or cattle by swooping down while on horseback and picking them up. Tribes came up with strategies to defend against the attacks and Buzkashi developed from there. Games used to last a few days as the scoring line would often be several kilometres away from the starting circle. Some Buzkashi games would even be played using the carcass of a member of an enemy tribe, instead of a goat or other animal. The game is still played in northern Afghanistan and by Afghan refugees in many parts of Pakistan, as well as throughout Central Asia. It draws thousands of fans and in Pakistan is popular in the provinces of Maimana, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Kataghan. Mostly Buzkashi is played in winter, because it is the agricultural slack season and horses and riders can play then without overheating