A Winter Game of Kökbörü, Kyrgyzstan

A walk through the snowy woods near Arslanbob brought me to a clearing where local men were playing this fierce sport for honor, vodka, and prizes that included men's dress shirts and tupperware. A lot of spectators take to the trees for safety. (You can see them in the photo). This is a good idea. Just after I shot this image I had to run like hell and jump into a ditch when the direction of play changed and I was suddenly in the way of the action.
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