Thursday, 18 September 2008

Mark Seager: Riding The Buzkashi

© Mark Seager

Riding The Buzkashi is an audio slideshow by British photographer Mark Seager on one of the toughest horse-riding events in the world: Buzkashi. The photographs were taken in Afghanistan where he and a colleague were taught the rudiments of the game by Tajiks and Uzbeks.

Buzkashi is a traditional Central Asian team sport played on horseback (some say it's the precursor to polo), during which skilled riders who could grab a goat or calf from the ground while riding a horse at full gallop. The goal of a player is to grab the carcass of a headless goat or calf, evade the other players and pitch it across a goal line or into a target circle or vat.

(A previous photo-essay by Mark Seager was posted on TPP: Palestinian Taxi)