Buzkashi in Tajikistan
Photo and caption by Mahdi Bemani Naeini
The proposed photo deals with the Buzkashi event in Tajikistan. Central Asian Turkic game “Buzkashi” means "goat grabbing," Players on horseback, called Chapandaz, gallop at breakneck speed fighting over a carcass without a head. The goal of a Buzkashi player is to grab the headless goat and then get it clear of the other players and pitch it across a goal line. Buzkashi dates back to the ancient Mongolia. Buzkashi roots deeply in Central Asian people’s traditions.