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Kyz kuu

Riders in traditional Kazakh dress play Kyz kuu.[1] In the depiction, the young woman is "winning" by whipping the young man.
Kyz kuumai in Kyrgyzstan. Stamp of USSR 1991, series "Folk holiday".

Kyz kuu (Azerbaijani: qız-qov, Kazakh: қыз қуу, pronounced ) or kyz kuumai, (Kyrgyz: кыз куумай ), literally "girl chasing", is a traditional sport among the Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz. It exhibits some elements of horse racing (which itself is known locally as at chabysh), but is often referred to as a "kissing game".

A game is usually conducted as follows. A young man on horseback waits at a given place (the starting line). A young woman, also mounted, starts her horse galloping from a given distance behind the young man. When the young woman passes the young man, he may start his horse galloping. The two race towards a finish line some distance ahead. If the young man is able to catch up to the young woman before they reach the finish line, he may reach out to her and steal a kiss, which constitutes his victory. However, if the young man has not caught up to the young woman by the time they reach the finish line, the young woman turns around and chases the young man back to the starting line. If she is in range of the young man, she may use her whip to beat him, which signifies a victory for her.

References

  1. ^ The Customs and Traditions of the Kazakh By Betsy Wagenhauser
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