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nomadspokes A small buzkashki match during Ramadan, near Sary Tash Kyrgyzstan. Buzkashi or kokpar (literally "goat bashing" in Turkic, buz is Turkic for "goat" and kashi "means bashing") is the Central Asian sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to drag a goat carcass toward a goal. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version also has a limited match time. Buzkashi is played amongst Kyrgyz, Pashtuns, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks, and Turkmens. The Turkic name of the game is Kökbörü; Kök "blue", börü "wolf", denoting the grey wolf – the holy symbol of the Turkic people. Other Turkic names of the game are Ulak Tartish, Kuk Pari, Kök Berü, and Ulak Tyrtysh. In the West, the game is also played by Turks who migrated to Ulupamir village in the Van district of Turkey from the Pamir region. In western China, there is not only horse-back buzkashi, but also yak buzkashi among Tajiks of Xinjiang. 10h

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nomadspokes Women prepare samsa for the evening's Ramadan festivities, while breaking into a traditional Tajik dance. As we sit on the back porch, smiling, laughing, dancing...little would you know there was a Civil War in the Pamirs. Besides the occasional shot heard in the night and the rumble of military tanks rolling by, the festivities continued as usual. Ramadan - Tajikistan 2012 2d

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patrickryanzero "Let's go listen to the night train..." suburban re-mix. 4d

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doctorknox Top performance by Francis 'Fearless' Jones at last nights unlicensed boxing in Walker, Newcastle. 5d

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akram.alamoudi Our inability to comprehend beauty is what makes it divine, and yet we are the ones who try to define it. 6d

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