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Carrying a carcass

Kholm, Afghanistan

The ball for this game of buzkashi is the headless carcass of a calf. Sometimes a headless goat carcass is used. The legend for both forms says that Mongols conquering the steppes would capture a animal from a farmer and use it for a ball as a way to add further insult to their carnage. In any case, a dead carcass makes one heavy ball. The player needs to pick it up while staying on his horse and then ride to the goal while carrying it. You can see the whip in the rider's mouth. All the while, the others are trying to grab it from him.

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