I am always interested by the variety of different sports practiced throughout the world, so a big thanks to Finneye for this image and link to a photo gallery about Senegalese wrestling. Wrote photographer David Lacina:

It is … the most popular sport in Senegal, also called Laamb in local language. Traditionally, young men used to fight as a distraction, to court wives, prove their manliness, and bring honor to their villages. The winner is the one who manages to get down his opponent on his back, by any means. There are no fixed rules of what is allowed or forbidden. The wrestlers often wear special talismans, also called gris-gris, to bring them luck in the fights.

I am always interested by the variety of different sports practiced throughout the world, so a big thanks to Finneye for this image and link to a photo gallery about Senegalese wrestling. Wrote photographer David Lacina:

It is … the most popular sport in Senegal, also called Laamb in local language. Traditionally, young men used to fight as a distraction, to court wives, prove their manliness, and bring honor to their villages. The winner is the one who manages to get down his opponent on his back, by any means. There are no fixed rules of what is allowed or forbidden. The wrestlers often wear special talismans, also called gris-gris, to bring them luck in the fights.

As you can see below, these guys are in serious shape. For more on the sport, check out this photo gallery by Lacina.

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