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A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat

A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat

In Search of the Ancient Sports of Asia

  • Author: Emma Levine
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited
  • ISBN: 9780233050416
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 312
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During a seven-year journey around India spent immersing herself in the cricket subculture, author Emma Levine heard about the wonderful game of buzkashi, a kind of anarchic rugby on horseback where teams of men wrestle and race to grab a headless goat and propel it towards goal. This sparked a desire to explore Asia's unique traditional sports. A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat is Emma Levine's absorbing account of her epic adventure, which took her from camel wrestling in Turkey through bull racing in India to traditional gymnastics in Iran, performed to poetry and the beat of a drum. Sometimes she travelled so far off the beaten track that her journeys sometimes took days and she discovered places where western women are such a rare sight that she was mobbed by onlookers. And everywhere she went she met people who act as the guardians of their ancient sports, protecting the traditions that have evolved over generations. While they recount the folklore that surrounds their local pastimes, Emma Levine examines the status of indigenous sports in a world dominated by satellite TV, the web and the likes of Manchester United. Are they sports of the past or sports of the future? evocatively portrays sporting ways of life rarely seen in the western world in such a way as to reveal what it is about sport that makes it so universally inspiring.

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing

From Buzkashi to Zorbing

  • Author: Victoria Williams Ph.D.
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1610696409
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 369
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With hundreds of books dedicated to conventional sports and activities, this encyclopedia on the weirdest and wackiest games offers a fresh and entertaining read for any audience. • Presents interesting information on a wide variety of culturally significant activities, from the ancient to the ultra-modern • Contains entries that are detailed yet accessible for general readers • Covers British pub games and similar activities in other countries seldom featured in reference books • Frames each entry within a global context • Features a list of Further Reading suggestions

Cambridge Checkpoint English Coursebook 8

Cambridge Checkpoint English Coursebook 8

  • Author: Marian Cox
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107690994
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 190
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The Cambridge Checkpoint English suite provides a comprehensive, structured resource which covers the Secondary 1 framework for English and seamlessly progresses into the next key stage (covered by our Cambridge IGCSE® First Language English series). This lively stage 8 Coursebook contains 12 themed units providing comprehensive coverage of the revised Cambridge Secondary 1 syllabus. As the core component in this suite, this title includes coverage of the five content areas (Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation, Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening). Additional features include rigorous language practice and teaching of key concepts, engaging activities to develop reading and writing skills, integrated speaking and listening tasks and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts from around the world. A skill-building, write-in workbook and a Teacher's Resource CD-ROM are available separately.

Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reference & User Services Quarterly

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Library science
  • Page: N.A
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ULYSSES (Modern Classics Series)

ULYSSES (Modern Classics Series)

  • Author: James Joyce
  • Publisher: e-artnow
  • ISBN: 8026849841
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 900
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This carefully crafted ebook: “ULYSSES (Modern Classics Series)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Ulysses is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature, and has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". Ulysses chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between its characters and events and those of the poem (the correspondence of Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, Molly Bloom to Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus). Joyce divided Ulysses into 18 chapters or "episodes". At first glance much of the book may appear unstructured and chaotic; Joyce once said that he had "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant", which would earn the novel "immortality". James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, the short-story collection Dubliners, and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake.

Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies

Ritual, Play and Belief, in Evolution and Early Human Societies

  • Author: Colin Renfrew,Iain Morley,Michael Boyd
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 110854861X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 356
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The origins of religion and ritual in humans have been the focus of centuries of thought in archaeology, anthropology, theology, evolutionary psychology and more. Play and ritual have many aspects in common, and ritual is a key component of the early cult practices that underlie the religious systems of societies in all parts of the world. This book examines the formative cults and the roots of religious practice from the earliest times until the development of early religion in the Near East, in China, in Peru, in Mesoamerica and beyond. Here, leading prehistorians, biologists, and other specialists bring a fresh approach to the early practices that underlie the faiths and religions of the world. They demonstrate the profound role of play ritual and belief systems and offer powerful new insights into the emergence of early societies.

The Lands of the Saracen, Or, Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily, and Spain

The Lands of the Saracen, Or, Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily, and Spain

  • Author: Bayard Taylor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Middle East
  • Page: 451
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A Hole in the Language

A Hole in the Language

  • Author: Marly A. Swick
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • ISBN: 9781609380090
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 204
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The Yellow Snake

The Yellow Snake

  • Author: Edgar Wallace
  • Publisher: Booklassic
  • ISBN: 963522849X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 123
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The Yellow Snake was written in the year 1926 by Edgar Wallace. This book is one of the most popular novels of Edgar Wallace, and has been translated into several other languages around the world. This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.

Buzkashi

Buzkashi

Game and Power in Afghanistan, Third Edition

  • Author: G. Whitney Azoy
  • Publisher: Waveland Press
  • ISBN: 1478607823
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 183
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Much has happened since Buzkashi: Game and Power in Afghanistan first appeared in 1982; the past three decades have devastated Afghanistan. What began as the ethnography of a game has grown into a study recognized worldwide as the preeminent analysis of Afghan political dynamics. Replete with significant updates, including a new chapter featuring interviews with warlords regarding their sponsorship of buzkashi, this richly illustrated Third Edition remains the first and only full-scale anthropological examination of a single sport, as well as a beautifully written longitudinal case study about the games social significance. A master storyteller, Azoy first shows how the game of buzkashi is played and introduces readers to its rich history, its roots in tradition, and the implicit and explicit meanings attached to it. Next, readers learn how the author shifted from his Kabul diplomatic life to rural fieldwork in northern Afghanistan and a 40-year journey toward understanding the complexities of this ancient wild card game. Vivid with firsthand descriptions, Azoys book reveals buzkashi as a metaphor for chaos and an arena in the struggle for political control. This new edition, as one reviewer puts it, turns a great book into a classic.

The history of Humayun = Humayun-nama

The history of Humayun = Humayun-nama

  • Author: Begam Gulbadam,Annette S. Beveridge
  • Publisher: Begam Gulbadam
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 470
  • View: 1954
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The history of Humayun = Humayun-nama

The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul

  • Author: ¿sne Seierstad
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN: 9780316159418
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 297
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The Norwegian journalist provides a portrait of a committed Muslim man and his family living in post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Mainspring of Human Progress

The Mainspring of Human Progress

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • ISBN: 1610164024
  • Category: Liberty
  • Page: 279
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China

China

A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

  • Author: John King Fairbank,Merle Goldman
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674036654
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 560
  • View: 3045
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John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date and provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come.

The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies

The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies

  • Author: A. J. S. Spawforth
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139466631
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: N.A
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Monarchy was widespread as a political system in the ancient world. This volume offers a substantial discussion of ancient monarchies from the viewpoint of the ruler's court. The monarchies treated are Achaemenid and Sassanian Persia, the empire of Alexander, Rome under both the early and later Caesars, the Han rulers of China and Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty. A comparative approach is adopted to major aspects of ancient courts, including their organisation and physical setting, their role as a vehicle for display, and their place in monarchial structures of power and control. This approach is broadly inspired by work on courts in later periods of history, especially early-modern France. The case studies confirm that ancient monarchies created the conditions for the emergence of a court and court society. The culturally specific conditions in which these monarchies functioned meant variety in the character of the ruler's court from one society to another.

Kazak Exodus

Kazak Exodus

  • Author: Godfrey Lias
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Communism
  • Page: 230
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One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories

One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories

Volume One: Africa

  • Author: Aaron Barlow
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales
  • ISBN: 1609520475
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 400
  • View: 7746
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Africa is a complicated place, and the Peace Corps Volunteers who have worked in 43 African nations have seen it all: from public executions to public celebrations to life in a time of AIDS. This heartfelt collection is the first of its kind to chronicle 50 years of Peace Corps service. Stories range from poignant to hilarious, involve political intrigue and cultural missteps, illuminating the joys and agony of volunteering abroad and representing the United States in the process. Sixty stories provide a broad overview and give readers a glimpse into the life and times of these brave volunteers, who each learned at least one new language and went to work in the villages and cities from Morocco to South Africa. They worked hard, too. But in these stories you will see that they also danced, faced death by elephant, and witnessed unbearably grim events. One is admired for her “big butt,” another reminded that he had taught proper police procedure in a time of civil unrest. Saying “I was there” is sometimes a bittersweet declaration.

Ecstatic Encounters

Ecstatic Encounters

Bahian Candomblé and the Quest for the Really Real

  • Author: Mattijs van de Port
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • ISBN: 9089642986
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 300
  • View: 9019
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"Reality does not comply with our narrations of it. And that is most certainly the case with the narrations produced in academia. An anthropologist in Bahia, Brazil, fears to become possessed by the spirits he had come to study; falls madly in love withan 'informant'; finds himself baffled by the sayings of a clairvoyant; and has to come to grips with the murder of one of his best friends. Unsettling events that do not belong to the orderly world of scientific research, yet leave their imprint on the way the anthropologist comes to understand the world. REflecting on his long research experience with the spirit possession cult Candomblâe, the author shows, in a probing manner, how definitions of reality always require the exclusion of certain perceptions, experiences and insights. And yet, this 'rest-of-what-is' turns out to be an inexhaustible source of amazement, seduction and renewal." --P [4] of cover.

The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898

The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898

  • Author: Blair E. Helen
  • Publisher: Рипол Классик
  • ISBN: 5882520827
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and their Peoples, their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as related in contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of those Islands from their earliest relations with European Nations to the close of the Nineteenth Century.

A history of the character and achievements of the so-called Christopher Columbus

A history of the character and achievements of the so-called Christopher Columbus

With numerous illustrations and an appendix

  • Author: Aaron Goodrich
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 403
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