Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Afghanistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Since Medieval times, much of the country has been poor, and as a result, the games played in villages have tended to be relatively simple. A game called Buzel-Bazi , similar to Marbles but using the knucklebone of a sheep, is common. The making of models by and for children, including carved dolls for girls, is also common. There is a game in which boys play with a hard-boiled egg clenched in their hands. While each participant tries to crack their opponent's egg, each player tries to keep theirs undamaged. For boys and young men, many of the games involve some test of strength or prowess. Boys practice with a slingshot, with teenagers and men involved in Pahl-wani , or wrestling, whereby two adversaries have to topple each other by grabbing the arms or clothes of their opponent but must not touch ...