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War of the birds

Asghar Noor Mohammad
Partridge fighting, or "Bodana" is a popular pastime in Afghanistan and remains an important part of local culture. In Balkh province, serious wagering takes place as birds owned by members of the Mujahedeen vie…
7.08.2014  |  Mazar-e Sharif

Men from nine different Afghan provinces come to Balkh, a region famous for Bodana. Up to fifteen birds compete each day, encircled by a lively audience. Bodana is usually played in cold weather, and is especially crucial for members of the Mojahedeen, who invest high sums into buying and training their partridges. Often, an owner will cut off the head of his partridge if it loses the fight.