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Kambala

Culturalmente Imparando

Kambala is a traditional buffalo race held every year in India, particularly in the state of Karnataka.

There are several manifestations of this race (about 45 events each year) and are usually organized in the season from November to March.

But how does the race take place? Its nature is, in reality, very simple and elementary: it is a speed race on a muddy straight of about 150 meters where a farmer, equipped with a whip and ropes, drives running a pair of tied buffalos. In some areas the race also represents a ritual of thanks from men, who through the guidance of their buffaloes thank them for protecting them from disease during the past year.

The winners get a rich reward: in some villages they are gold and silver coins while in other large sums of money.

Recently, the knowledge of this event has also expanded in other countries thanks to the news of the undertaking of Srinivasa Gowda. This 28-year-old boy, participant of the last event of the Kambala, has indeed broken every speed record, covering the entire straight in a time that, compared to a distance of 100 meters, would make him capable of breaking Usain Bolt's world record.


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    Pablo Scialino

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