In the Afghani sport buzkashi, players on horseback try to toss a decapitated goat carcass into the ‘circle of justice.’
Where it’s popular: Central Asia, especially Afghanistan
How it’s played: Buzkashi is not a game for the squeamish: Like polo, it involves players riding on horseback, but instead of a ball, it’s the decapitated carcass of a goat or calf that they’re trying to score with. Teams score by successfully depositing the carcass in the “circle of justice” — but have to be careful to avoid getting hit by a stray whip or boot-kick.
How big is it? Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan, where it’s been played for 600 years. In many towns, buzkashi matches are regularly held on Friday evenings.