Modern Identity

Modern identity is influenced by many things. While folklore is often still deeply embedded to most cultures and faith can play a large role in social and individual identity, both are expressed in the modern world, where reactions to more recent national history, such as WWII, and reaction to the increasingly global world of ideas also have strong cultural influences.

Kok Boru: On Spectating and Playing a Dangerous Traditional Sport

As soon as I arrived in Bishkek, I started asking every person I met where I could find, watch, and play kok boru. I first learned about the sport in researching Kygyzstan before I arrived in Bishkek and was instantly fascinated by it. Kok boru is the wild national sport of Kyrgyzstan. It’s basically polo, […]

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