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Afghan horsemen try to get a calf carcass during the Buzkashi game in Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan.

Browse Afghan Horsemen Play Buzkashi In Mazar-i Sharif latest photos. View images and find out more about Afghan Horsemen Play Buzkashi In Mazar-i Sharif at Getty Images.

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Afghan buzkashi players on horseback fight for control of a beheaded goat

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Throughout the novel we see how Afghanistan changes, after the fall of the Monarchy, founding of the republic, Soviet Union invasion, and rise of the Taliban.

A horseman reaches for the headless carcass of a goat during a game of Buzkashi in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Buzkashi: a Central Asian version of polo using a headless calf or goat instead of a ball

A horseman reaches for the headless carcass of a goat during a game of Buzkashi in Kabul, Afghanistan. I saw it in Mazar I Sherif, It originated there, the forerunner of polo.

Jake Zarins: I took this picture in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan while watching a game of the popular local sport buzkashi – a bit like polo but with fewer rules and a headless calf instead of a ball. I took a sequence of shots and by luck caught this image with the white horse perfectly centred, with all legs off the ground, as another rider and horse behind make painful contact with the ground. Watching such skill and bravery was an adventure in itself.Photograph: Jake Zarins

Readers' travel photograph competition: March – adventure

Your inspirational photos on the theme of adventure take us from a glacier face in Argentina to the Namib Desert. Find out who our judge Natalie Mayer selected as this month's winner

Afghanistan | A woman in traditional burqa dress and her child walk to the market in Badghis. In Badghis province 100% of women wear the burqa |  © Olivier Matthys

AFGHANISTAN MOTHER AND CHILD: A woman in traditional burqa dress and her child walk to the market in Badghis on Sunday in Afghanistan. In Badghis province, of women wear the burqa

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