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Tajik National Day in Murghab - 9 September 2007

 

 


The photos below were taken in Murghab district on the occasion of the Tajik National Day, on 9 September 2007: those of the celebration in Murghab town and those of the horse sports at Akjilga just west of the town in the Madian valley. Buzkashi (Oghlak Tartish, Kok-boru or Ulak Tartysh in Kyrgyz) - was also organised on this occasion - the photos can be seen here

pamirs murghab yurt celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses young woman musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses young woman musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses young man musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses young man musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses young woman musicians

pamirs murghab celebration national day horses yurt

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports young woman rider


Tynn Enmai - the horseman must try to pick up a small object on the ground while riding at full gallop

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports


Horse wrestling - one rider tries to unseat another

"When the partridges ceased, my companions began skylarking among themselves, displaying the most perfect horsemanship in so doing. The two clerical gentlemen chiefly distinguished themselves, viz. Moollah Shereef, and the Alam of Sanjoo, who pulled off his outer robe for greater freedom. They caught one another round the waist, each trying to dislodge the other from his saddle, and wrestled on horseback; meanwhile their horses were leaping ditches and banks, and going headlong over the roughest ground. Finally, each remained in possession of his adversary's turban."

From Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand and Kashgar by Robert Shaw, John Murray, London 1871 - p. 144

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports kyrgyz man

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports kyrgyz man

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports kyrgyz man

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports kyrgyz man

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

pamirs murghab buzkashi celebration national day horse sports

 


All photographs (c) Robert Middleton


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