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Traditional horse game - ‘Kok boru’ (ulak tartysh)

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Country :
Kyrgyzstan
Year of Designation :
2012
Description :
‘Kok boru’ is a traditional game played by two teams on horseback, where the players try to maneuver with a goat's carcass, or ‘ulak’ and score by putting it into the opponents' goal, or ‘tai-kazan,’ while riding on their horse companions. Modern games last for 60 minutes, with 3 periods of 20 minutes each. The team scoring most ulaks into the opponent's tai-kazan wins. A codification of modernized rules and regulations in terms of securing safety of the players and the horses has started to manage domestic competitions in 2000s. The system of developed rules and penalties ensure safety for participants of the game. Nowadays, the goat's carcass is replaced by a moulage. The traditional forms of the game (named ‘alaman’, ‘dodo’, ‘jatma’ and ‘jayiltma’) are played using unwritten rules and unlimited space along with a contemporary one.
Transmission method :
The specific features and knowledge concerning the element has been mainly transmitted in a natural way through demonstration
Communities :
Community of Kok boru players