12 strange sports, who are addicted to our ancestors
We offer you a selection of sports, who are addicted to our ancestors.
Pankration can be called modern analog of "fighting without rules" - he practiced the ancient Greeks, and the sport is a mixture of boxing, kicking and fighting. There were only two rules: no biting and no eye put out the enemy, everything else was allowed. The fight was not limited in time: except in rare cases when the judge intervened, fighting continued until one of the opponents will not give up either, or dies.
Theseus kill the Minotaur
After defeating a fighter had to fight with the next opponent, and so it continued until all of the participants will not remain only two: they fought with each other, and the winner of the match received the title of champion. Surprisingly, but in some competitions attended by thousands of fighters at a time - in such cases, the match took more than one day.
The name "pankration" means "all powers", the Greeks believed that invented the sport Hercules and Theseus. Besides the fact that the matches were significant sporting event, and many of the Spartans used resulting in a gaming experience fighting in real battles.
2. Tournament fishermen
Imagine two groups of men jump into the boat, struggling to paddle in the middle of the River Nile, and there begin to beat each other's oars and sharpened sticks. This sport has been popular in Egypt before the Pharaonic era, and many times bloody mess attracted crocodiles and hippos, attacking players. Later, similar types of fighting games have appeared and the Greeks and Romans, and even later than this kind of sport was revived in France, even though he was not there so bloody, and crocodiles in that did not participate.
naumachia - a Roman sailors tournament, the name roughly translates as "sea battle": the Romans filled the arena with water, ran to the boat and recreate the famous naval battles. Often it was the bloody spectacle, where prisoners of war or persons sentenced to death have participated. Unlike most similar sports events, for naumachia was characterized by an extremely high mortality rate among the participants.
It is difficult to say for whom these events have been worse - for slaves or beasts, with whom they had to fight. In fact, the Romans are so interested in the confrontation of people and animals that at the opening of the Coliseum against the people was issued more than 9000 wild animals, some of which were killed. People often suffers the same fate, for example, sometimes people do not give any weapons, and their opponents became lions or bears, and people had to somehow defeat the hungry beast or die. Often, these competitions have included some drama - people are brought as heroes theater scene. Roman power thus achieves two goals at once: criminals executed and provide entertainment for the masses.
5. The Battle of Staff - Nguni
This is one of the few sports in our list, practiced to this day: for example, the Zulus fight on sticks - each member has one stick for the attack, and one for the defense. Although people rarely die, players still often leave the "arena" with numerous bruises, scars later in scars that soldiers wear with pride as the insignia. Often these fights - an integral part of the wedding celebrations: relatives of the groom and the bride out against each other and fight to determine the best warrior in each group.
In some ways this game reminds hockey, just for her in Mesoamerica used a burning puck. Recently, in Mexico to discuss the possibility of the return of the sport, it insists on what even the Mexican government.
7. The kicks in the shins
Two men grabbed each other by the neck, and then everyone starts kicking shins enemy - this simple sport practiced in England for several hundred years. Although this game is not as ancient as the majority of these, and rarely results in death, but given the fact that in ancient times, in preparation for the competition, participants wore heavy boots, and then beaten on the feet of different size hammers, the sport is still It has the right to be on our list. The winner is the one who first tumble down the opponent to the ground. By the way, today there is even a World Championship kicks in the shins.
8. Jumping camels
Sports practiced Zaranik ancient tribe that lived on the territory of Yemen, and now it is regaining popularity. Participants must jump over the largest possible number of camels.
Pato - official Argentine sport. Originally used instead of the ball a live duck, but now the Argentine government obliges participants to play an ordinary ball. Pato - a cross between polo and basketball: players are jumping on horseback, and the task of each team - to bring the ball to their side. You may wonder why, instead of before the ball was a duck? In the original version of the competition goal was to drive the duck back to the "ranch" in some cases it is understood in the literal sense: a "gateway" command is the real farm. Commonplace during the match was considered stabbing and death duck was, consider, is predetermined. At the end of the 18th century, some Catholic priests tried to prevent the game and related violence, denying burial to those who died during the match, but nowadays almost pathological violence there.
Buzkashi - a national sport in Afghanistan chain players furiously fighting for a headless goat carcass, which must pass through the net. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, Buzkashi they put outside the law, considering it immoral, but as soon as the Taliban were driven out, the sport has become popular again - thousands of people are involved in some matches. Using a headless goat carcass may seem barbaric, but it should be noted that in most sports the skins of dead animals are used in the modern world, though not as visually shocking.
11. Tug leather Vikings
The game is like a tug of war, but the Vikings preferred to use instead of the leather rope animals and playing in a huge burning hole. Usually the winners getting any rich booty they obtained the right to plunder villages and rape women. Losers or the shorts and proclaimed released or allowed to burn in the flame.
Although the sport is still popular in some parts of Central America, the original version of the game created by the Maya, it is one of the most insane sports in history. It is somewhat similar to basketball: players must use the hips to throw the ball in the ring is attached to the wall. What's the big deal? Maya as balls used human skull. It is not clear where they had so many skulls, but maybe that was the price of losing.