The consort of the acting Swedish ambassador asked me at lunch what the deal was with all the posts about buzkashi. Did I have a thing for buzkashi?
The truth of the matter is that I took a whole of a lot of photos and many of them came out well, so I wanted to share. Added to that is that I may never go to something quite as, uh, different as a buzkashi match again, so I wanted to memorialize it. Plus, there are pictures like this:
In case you’re wondering, a bit about the basmachi. They fought the Red Army in Central Asia during the Bolshevik Revolution in the early 1920s, including in Tajikistan, what was then the eastern portion of the Emirate of Bukhara. They fought on horseback. They lost.