Play Ankle Bones

Shagai (or Ankle Bones) is a traditional game in Mongolia played using the ankle bones of sheep or goats that have been cleaned and polished.  The game is somewhat of a national pastime and is enjoyed by everyone, young and old.  There are even national tournaments, usually around the time of Naadam in July.  The most skilled players must flick the ankle bones at a target around 10 metres away.  Playing Shagai is a great way to interact with local nomads and, if your trip includes homestays, with your host families in the evenings.  There are a huge number of variations on the game, which involve tossing a handful of Shagai in to the air and how they land will determines the animals you have. Your guide will be on hand to explain the house rules!  

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