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A mixture of polo and football requiring a decapitated goat is the elite Afghan sport called Buzkashi.

To listen to news broadcasts and presidential speeches one could imagine the people of Afghanistan to be eagerly waiting for the ideals of a spirited democracy to take hold. More than likely they are not. In a country where the literacy rate is below ten percent, more than anything they are probably weary of foreign invaders and the wars they bring. But the elite of the country still enjoy relaxing and even sport. Enter Buzkashi, the polo of Afghanistan. Played with a decapitated goat rather than a ball, teams of men on horseback battle for possession before dropping the goat into the end zone.


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