Afghanistan and Argentina: linked by a horse game.

Update:  Thinking of the Vatican and the gauchos and Afghanistan…. I remembered this old entry about Afghan buzkashi and Argentine pato…

Vestiges of an arab past:  the horse games called “buzkashi” in Afghanistan and “pato” in Argentina.

The word “pato” in Spanish, meaning “duck”, derives from the arab word “batt”.  Originally, a live duck was sewn into a leather bag, with its head sticking out.  It was the object of a heated multi-acre horseback competition played in Argentina since the 17th centure. The Spaniards brought the game to the new world.  The moors brougth the game to Spain.  Here, in Spanish, is its description of the game and its origins.

 

About Barbara Dillon Hillas

Mother of global nomads; wife of diplomat; peripatetic lawyer; annotator of foreign service life, rule of law, culture, travel, & whatever strikes my fancy.
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