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Buzkashi

Buzkashi or kokpar is the Central Asian sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to drag a goat carcass toward a goal. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version also has a limited match time. Buzkashi was introduced in Kazakhstan.

Buzkashi is played amongst Kyrgyzs, Pashtuns, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Hazaras, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, and Turkmens. The Turkic name of the game is Kökbörü; Kök "blue", börü "wolf", denoting the grey wolf – the holy symbol of the Turkic people. Other Turkic names of the game are Ulak Tartish, Kuk Pari, Kök Berü, and Ulak Tyrtysh. In the West, the game (Turkish: Cirit) is also played by Afghan people Turks who migrated to Ulupamir village in the Van district of Turkey from the Pamir region. In western China, there is not only horse-back buzkashi, but also yak buzkashi among Tajiks of Xinjiang.