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
The northeast African nation of Ethiopia has a population of 76.5 million, of which only 13 percent live in urban areas. Many people in the countryside (as well as large numbers in towns and cities) live in poverty. Traditional lifestyles focus around the village, and because of its distinct heritage, there are a number of games that are unique to Ethiopia. One of these is Kwosso , in which two teams with up to 100 men in each team, compete for possession of a ball made from goat skin. The game can last for an entire day, and most men only wear loincloths because of the heat—and with tackling and collisions, injuries do occur. It is often played in the sandy plain in the desert near the Afar (or Denakil) Depression in the north of the country, close to the border with Eritrea. Another popular Ethiopian game is Feres Gugs ...