Assyk Atu - Altyn Saka Tournament
  • Manage No PI00006665
    Country Kazakhstan
    Year 2010-07-05
    ICH Domain Social practices, rituals, festive events, Knowledge and practices about nature and the universe
Description Assyk Atu – young participant is targeting for knock. Altyn Saka Tournament 2010 (II Atana City Contest). Kazakh traditional Assyk games are an ancient tradition in Kazakhstan. Each player has their own set of ‘Assyks’, traditionally made out of the talus bone of a sheep, and a ‘Saka’ dyed in bright colours. Players use their Assyk to knock out other Assyks from the field, and the focus is on the position of the bone. Main positions are the following (high ranking first): alshi (camel); tai (horse); Buk (goat) and shik (sheep). Assyk refers to the astragalus of the ankle of a sheep or goat. The bones are collected and used for traditional games and fortune-telling throughout Central Asia, and games involving the ankle bones may also be referred to by the name of the bones. Common size assyks may be painted bright colours. Main assyk – saka usually is bigger. Such bones have been used throughout history, and are thought to be the first forms of dice. In English language source sassyk may be referred to as "ankle bones", and playing with assyk is sometimes called ankle bone shooting.
Photographer Assel Tursungazina (Ms)
Place Central Park, Astana, Kazakhstan File Size 1.99 MB
Definition 3168 x 4752 File Format jpg
Copyright Assel Tursungazina (Ms); Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Copyright
Information source
Kazakhstan National Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage

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