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A Tale of Two Games: Cirit, Buzkashi and the Horsemen of the Asiatic Steppe

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The horse has been an essential component to life on the Asiatic steppe since its domestication c. 5,500 years ago. The importance of the horse to these nomadic peoples can be seen not only in the portrayal of equines in both art and literature, as well as their presence in the archaeological record, but also through their role in the daily life of these horse cultures. This is particularly apparent in the significance of traditional horse sports to the nomads of the region. This article examines two of these 'folk' competitions: cirit and buzkashi.
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Keywords: Anatolia; Central Asia; Nomad; ethnoarchaeology; horse; sport

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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