World Nomad Games

The first question you will have is “Why is that horse on fire?”. Well the horse is not, the rider is. The second question is “Why is that rider on fire?”. For answers to that and maybe one or two more questions, tune in!

The World Nomad games were spearheaded by former Kyrgyzstani president Almazbek Atambayev and the Kyrgyzstan government.  The goal was for the revival and preservation of the culture of nomadic civilization and to highlight ethnic sports practiced in Central Asia.

The sports are both unusual regional sports as well as more traditional ones like archery. Of course we are here to talk about the unusual.  Unusual at least to us, the humble RoShamBo staff. The sports range from intellectual games, to hunting with cool animals, to a game that involves a goat corpse. Also, wrestling. A lot of wrestling.

There are a lot of really interesting bits in this episode, so join us for a cultural journey to Central Asia!

All photos courtesy of http://worldnomadgames.com/en/.

Alysh Belt Wrestling

Alysh Belt Wrestling

The ladies also Belt Wrestle

The ladies also Belt Wrestle

Yurt building competitions

Yurt building competitions

Kok Buru - two teams battle over a healess goat - you can see him reaching for it

Kok Buru - two teams battle over a healess goat - you can see him reaching for it

Kok buru gets brutal! Note fallen horseman.

Kok buru gets brutal! Note fallen horseman.

Er Enish- wrestling on horseback

Er Enish- wrestling on horseback

Hunting with bad ass birds!

Hunting with bad ass birds!

Also hunting with bad ass dogs!

Also hunting with bad ass dogs!

Quite a crowd at the World Nomad Games!

Quite a crowd at the World Nomad Games!

Looks like a beautiful event.

Looks like a beautiful event.

Ted Ladue