Kok - boru

  • Photographer
    Stefano Pensotti
  • Prize
    1st Place / Event/Competitive Event
  • Company/Studios
    Freelance Photographer
  • Date of Photograph
  • Technical Info
    1/1000, ISO 1600, f 10, Cropped Sensor

In Kyrgyzstan, knights engaged in kok-boru also known as buskashì. A sport for few people, a sort of polo where two teams on horseback compete for control over a beheaded goat carcass. In the Kyrgyz language kok-boru means "blue wolf" and derives from the custom of the shepherds to play with the killed wolves before returning them to the village. It is an aggressive and weary sport, with a lot of physical contact between horses and riders. This game is important in the Kyrgyz tradition, having the aim of teaching young people to ride professionally.

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