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Centaurs of the Steppe 08
Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

Players set up the goal posts for a buzkashi game in a winter fog at Jirganak, Tajikistan.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 24
Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

A buzkashi player relaxes his horse between buzkashi rounds in Nojibolo, Tajikistan.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 23
Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Using carpets won by the horseback riders, buzkashi fans near Hissor set aside time for afternoon prayers.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 01
Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Young buzkashi players taking a break from a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 02
Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Buzkashi players fight for possession for the buz during a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 20
Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Too slow to jump to a retreat with the rest of the audience, an old man is lost in the dust of a horde of buzkashi horses.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 21
Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Nasriddin Hissor, 5-time Soviet buzkashi champion, rides out of the fray with the buz. Unlike many other sports, senior players with the most experience are often the best and most respected players

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Centaurs of the Steppe 22
Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Players battle for possession of a goat carcass in a Buzkashi scrimmage in Novobod, Western Tajikistan.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 19
Hissor
By tkaye
09 Jan 2011

Audience members watching a match near Korgan-Teppe, Tajikistan, with the bikes they used to get to the buzkashi field from nearby farming villages.

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Centaurs of the Steppe 18
Hissor
By tkaye
03 Jan 2011

Khurshed's brother, Suhrob, exercises his horses in the mountains near Dushanbe.