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Kok Boru: traditional horse game. ©UNESCO 2016
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Kok Boru: traditional horse game

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Kok boru, a horse game, is a synthesis of traditional practices, performances and the game. The game is played by two teams on horseback, who compete by trying to score as many ‘ulaks’ (a mould in modern-day games) into their opponents’ goal as possible. The element is an expression of the cultural and historic tradition of its practitioners and unites communities regardless of social status. Related knowledge and skills are primarily transmitted through demonstration, as well as during festive and social events.

on this subject: Nomination file/Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Kyrgyzstan
Series: 2017 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO

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