Murgh Janghi during the Winter season

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– Gameness til the End

MAR 1, 2013

Cockfighting in Kabul

Nick Tann 

Cockfighting, known as “Murgh Janghi” in the Afghan Dari language, is a popular game among Afghans during the winter season, which was banned by the Taliban rulers. The heels and bills of the birds are sharpened before fights, which run around 4-6 rounds. Each round lasts between 10 to 20 minutes with a gap of 5 minutes in between bouts. Some 100,000 to 200,000 Afghanis ($2,000 to $4,000 USD) can exchange hands among spectators placing bets during these fights.

Reuters photographer Omar Sobhani and Getty Images photographer Shah Marai captured today’s cockfight in Kabul.

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

An Afghan man coos his rooster during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

An Afghan man prepares his rooster before it battles in a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch as roosters fight during a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

An Afghan man prepares his rooster before it battles in a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Roosters duel during a break in an Afghan cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

An Afghan man sprays water onto the beak of his rooster during a break in between rounds of a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

An Afghan man holds his rooster as he watches a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan men prepare their roosters to fight at a traditional cockfighting competition in Kabul March 1, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan men watch a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul on March 1, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)




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