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Sistan Ancient Game Festival Underway


20 May 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Grand ancient festival of Sistan (ancient Sakestan) indigenous games is underway in Zabol, southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, on the occasion of National Cultural Heritage Week (May 18-24), Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi, head of the city’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department said.

Ebrahimi said that local teams play Sistani games during the weeklong event. Based on evidence, Sistan inhabitants have had 90 different games in old times, the official stated.

He named some of the games as Khasu, Kabadi, Kich Zur and Catch Wrestling.

Kabadi is a team pursuit sport from South Asia. It is most popular in South and Southeast Asia but is also played in Japan, Korea, and Canada. The name derives from a Hindi word meaning “holding of breath“ that is often used as a chant during the play.

Kich Zur is ancient Sistani game played since the time of Parthian dynasty, is a game which resembles modern rugby. But teams play with cow bone instead of a ball.

The province has ancient sites going back more than 3000 BCE. City of Zabol with a population of 400,000 is located 205 km northeast of the provincial capital city Zahedan.

One of the country’s most important archaeological site Burnt City (Shahr-e Soukhteh) is situated 55 km from Zabol on the Zabol-Zahedan Road. Early human settlements in the city date back 3,000 BCE. The city was the economic nerve centre of its time. It is extended over 150 hectares.






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