Ancient Kazakh Game Assyk Atu
Description Assyk games have been almost the most popular types of games among the nomadic Kazakhs since ancient times. Assyk is the talus bone of a sheep or a goat. Assyk atu is the oldest game of the peoples of Eurasia, as confirmed by archaeological data. Astragalus-Assykians were found in southern Kazakhstan, in the burial place of Borizhari, dating from between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Assyks were painted, drilled from the inside, and filled with lead, which gave them weight, and allowed players to be more accurate. Boys between 5 and 15 years old have typically been the main players. Assyk games include demon taban, alsha, and cantalapai. While there are many variants of the game, the essence is basically the same—knocking out the main assyk of opponents.
Manage No VI00000022 Running Time 00:17:17
Country Kazakhstan
Videos Photographer Aleksey KAMENSKIY Year 2017
Place File Size 1,625
Definition File Format mp4
Copyright ICHCAP, National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO -
Information source
Kazakhstan National Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage

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