Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Wrestling and Dancing in Mongolia
The first of today's photos is from a great wrestling match we attended at the Wrestling Palace in Ulaanbaatar. In Mongolian wrestling, the object of a match is to get your opponent to touch his back, knee or elbow to the ground. There are no weight classes or time limits in a match. Each wrestler must wrestle once per round, the winners moving on to the next round. Thanks to Zorigo, we got front-row seats to the match today! It was really incredible. John got some amazing footage, which I'll eventually post here too.
Below are two pictures from a traditional tsam dance (according to mongolart.mn, it is "a significant religious ritual which reflects Buddhist teachings through images. It is a theatrical art performed by skilled dancers wearing magnificently ornamented costumes, which represent characters of different holy figures and devils, animals, and people"). We saw a performance which included Tsam dancing, traditional Mongolian folk dancing, throat singing, folk singing, music and contortionists today. The photos below show how colorful the costumes were.