Tahteeb, stick game - Egypt

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UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2016
URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/01189
Description: In ancient Egypt, tahteeb was a form of martial arts. Now a festive game some of the old symbolism and values associated with the practice remain. Performed before an audience, it involves a brief, non-violent interchange between two adversaries wielding long sticks while folk music plays. Practitioners are male, mostly from Saeedy populations in upper Egypt. Rules of the game are based on mutual respect, friendship, courage, chivalry and pride with transmission occurring within families and neighbourhoods in the communities.

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