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Traditional Fighting Practices: The Root and Expression of Malagasy Culture

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Before the arrival of gymnastics and sports brought by European colonisation, the Malagasy had already developed a rich and diversified corporal culture. Among the abundance of games, the paper focuses on two fighting techniques which are rooted in the history of Madagascar and still popular today: moraingy [bare-knuckle fistfight] and savika [fierce battle between man and zebu]. In addition to physical activity, these practices have educational, initiatory, social, ritual and sacred functions for the community.

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hal-01244111 , version 1 (15-12-2015)

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Évelyne Combeau-Mari. Traditional Fighting Practices: The Root and Expression of Malagasy Culture. International Journal of the History of Sport, 2011, 28 (12), pp.1566--1585. ⟨10.1080/09523367.2011.592749⟩. ⟨hal-01244111⟩
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