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[Detik.com]: Ada Apa di Asia Tengah? Ini Kata Penulis & Petualang Agustinus Wibowo

Menyibak Asia Tengah Johanes Randy Prakoso – detikTravel – Kamis, 27/10/2016 08:10 WIB Detik.com Jakarta – Membicarakan negara di Asia Tengah tentu tidak terlepas dari nama Agustinus Wibowo, penulis dan penjelajah asal Indonesia. Yuk mengenal Asia Tengah lebih jauh! Lahir di Lumajang Jawa Timur, tahun 1981, nama Agustinus Wibowo mungkin sudah dikenal publik dan traveler Indonesia secara luas lewat sejumlah tulisan perjalanannya yang mengisahkan cerita kemanusiaan dan perbatasan di negara Asia Tengah. Berbeda dengan dengan traveler kebanyakan, pria berdarah Jawa Tinghoa ini malah memiliki ketertarikan khusus akan negara Asia Tengah yang belum dikenal dan rawan isu politik. Tapi tentu bukan hanya itu, perbedaan bahasa hingga sulitnya akses visa ke negara Asia Tengah juga menjadi alasan. Namun tidak untuk Agustinus Wibowo. Untuk mendapat gambaran dan mengenal Asia Tengah lebih lanjut, detikTravel pun berbincang dengan pria yang akrab disapa Agus ini via telepon, Rabu (26/10/2016). Dari perjalananya di Asia Tengah, ada banyak hal menarik yang bisa disimak. “Konsep Asia Tengah itu sebenarnya berbeda-beda setiap definisi, ada yang menganggap Asia Tengah mulainya dari Mongolia, masuk ke China Barat dari Rusia, negara-negara pecahan Uni Soviet, kadang Afghanistan juga dimasukkan ke Asia Tengah. Jadi memang definisinya itu berbeda-beda, tapi sekarang kebanyakan orang menganggap asia tengah [...]

November 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

【户外探险】瞧那几个斯坦

Agustinus Wibowo(翁鸿鸣 印尼)>撰文 摄影 王飞宇>翻译 约两千两百年前,张骞首度踏足大宛国时,为当地发达的城市文明深深折服。同样令人叹服的还有当地的小麦和葡萄种植水平以及美酒佳酿。而最令人叫绝的自当数有天马之称的神驹—汗血宝马。 大宛国相去汉朝时中国西部约一万里,位于今费尔干纳一带,地处中亚腹地。张骞出使西域开拓了一条贯通东方与西方的贸易路线—丝绸之路。20世纪之初,古丝路沿线的中亚古国接连为俄国所吞并。俄国统治者们在中亚重划版图,一些历史上从未有过的国家就此诞生,各族自成一国:塔吉克人的国家就是塔吉克斯坦,乌兹别克族人的国家是乌兹别克斯坦,哈萨克人的国家是哈萨克斯坦,吉尔吉斯人的国家是吉尔吉斯斯坦,而土库曼人的国家则是土库曼斯坦。如今,各国竞相夸耀自己是古丝路文明最当仁不让的传承者。 世易时移,不变的是,同张骞的时代一样,对于生活于新千年的大部分中国人来说,中亚仍然是一个神秘的所在。 丝与史 印欧语系古老民族的西域文明与中国东方文明的第一次相遇是在费尔干纳。费尔干纳盆地是世界上最大的盆地,为乌兹别克斯坦、吉尔吉斯斯坦、塔吉克斯坦三国共辖。 [...]

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

【中国国家地理】塔吉克斯坦:群山与国界的夹缝之中

My article in Chinese National Geography, edition October 2015. This is a special edition focusing on China’s grand project: One Belt One Road, a.k.a. the “New Silk Road”, with some focus articles from the Silk Road countries, especially in Central Asia. In this edition, I have contributed two articles: Tajikistan and Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. 塔吉克斯坦被称作中亚的高山之国,它近一半的国土位于帕米尔高原。其实塔吉克族并非是自古生活在山地的民族,面对如今的国家版图状况,不少塔吉克人心中有难言的苦衷。来自印度尼西亚的作者奥古斯汀是一名“中亚通”,他对塔吉克斯坦的考察和采访,能够加深我们对这个国家的认识。   撰文Agustinus Wibowo[印尼] 摄影刘辉 等 翻译王飞宇   令塔吉克人自豪的两座古城,如今却位于乌兹别克斯坦的境内 塔吉克斯坦是中亚最小的国家,面积约等于中国的辽宁省,全境的93%在山区,一半以上国土在海拔3000米以上。受地理条件所限,塔吉克斯坦境内的文明遗址寥寥无几。但塔吉克人相信自己是中亚最古老的民族,并坚信他们的历史比当今占中亚地区主流的突厥人要长得多。 [...]

October 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Dare Devil

Watching a buzkashi game can be a dangerous business, especially if you are photographer and trying to take close up photos of the angry horses. I was kicked severely by the horses but was still lucky that the horses did not step on my lying body. (This photo was taken by a fellow French photographer). Kabul, 2 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Life and Death

Buzkashi is a game of life and death. The dead goat brought live to the game. The chapandaz path is a circle, taking the goat carcass from a starting point to its eternal circle. The concept of life and death, and the circular shape of a life loop, are represented in the buzkashi game. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Balancing Act

Spectators of a national level buzkashi game in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, in connection with Naoruz (Persian New Year) celebration. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008     Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great Game (2007, 2008) Album All photography materials in agustinuswibowo.com [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Eager to Watch

Spectators of a national level buzkashi game in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, in connection with Naoruz (Persian New Year) celebration. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great Game (2007, 2008) Album All photography materials in agustinuswibowo.com are [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Watching Religiously

Spectators of a national level buzkashi game in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, in connection with Naoruz (Persian New Year) celebration. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great Game (2007, 2008) Album All photography materials in agustinuswibowo.com are [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dusty Experience

Buzkashi is usually played in a huge flat ground. Watching the game can be a very, very dusty experience, as much of the dry barren earth gets kicked up by the horses. Kabul, 2 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rise and Fall

The buzkashi horses are specially bred and trained for the game so they have special qualites. One of them is that when the chapandaz falls off his horse, the horse would halt and wait for the horseman to remount. Kabul, 16 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chase the Boz

 A chapandaz (buzkashi player) on horseback is carrying a boz (“goat”), which is like a ball in this ancient polo-like game, and may weights up to 70 kilograms, or about the same as the weight of a human player himself than a goat. The goat has to be grabbed from the ground and carried by a horse rider to a designated circle on the ground. Kabul, 16 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dangerous Game

Buzkashi is not only dangerous game to play, but also dangerous game to watch. Aggressive horses may run on and step on spectators, and may cause stampede among panicked spectators. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great Game [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hordes of Horses

During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Woman in the Scene

Buzkashi is traditionally off-limit to women. Women don’t watch it, traditionally they were even forbidden to watch, no mention to play it. But foreign women, like this French lady rider, may be exempted from the tradition. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Spirit of Afghanistan

All the national characteristics of Afghan men are represented in one buzkashi game. The fighting spirit, the bravado, the masculinity, the power and enthusiasm, the unity, the pride. One chapandaz (horse rider) once told me, “It’s better to die as a hero rather than to live as a coward.” Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ancient but Modern

An old chapandaz makes a communication with a modern device named mobile phone, while he is still on horseback in the middle of the ancient game of buzkashi. Kabul, 16 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, power, cooperation, struggle, pride and honesty.   Back to Photography Album. Back to Buzkashi–The Great Game (2007, 2008) [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Pride of Masculinity

All the national characteristics of Afghan men are represented in one buzkashi game. The fighting spirit, the bravado, the masculinity, the power and enthusiasm, the unity, the pride. One chapandaz (horse rider) once told me, “It’s better to die rather than to live as a coward.” Kabul, 16 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. The great game of buzkashi crystalizes all Afghan qualities: bravado, [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hierarchy of Horse Riders

The most famous chapandaz are often in their forties or more, and seem to control their teams like a clan. Most of the players don’t own their own horses, so these chapandaz are men who are close to the owners and could make younger players do the hard work of riding and fighting and then grab the “boz”. Mazar-e-Sharif, 20 March 2008   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Heavy Load

A chapandaz (buzkashi player) on horseback is carrying a boz (“goat”), which is like a ball in this ancient polo-like game, and may weights up to 70 kilograms, or about the same as the weight of a human player himself than a goat. The goat has to be grabbed from the ground and carried by a horse rider to a designated circle on the ground. Kabul, 2 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ancient Game from Central Asia

The buzkashi players are known as chapandaz, from the word “chapan”, a traditional cloak worn by Central Asian men. In Afghanistan, the best buzkashi players are the Turkic-speaking minorities living on the north of the country, namely the Uzbeks and the Turkmens. They also usually wear fur hats typical of their Central Asian steppe nomadic tradition. Kabul, 16 November 2007   Buzkashi, the national game of Afghanistan, is an ancient game played throughout the steppes of Central Asia. At a glance, it is like a modern polo game, with the ball replaced by headless goat carcass, being the target of grabbing of the aggressive horse riders. The game can be very brutal, and fatal. Legend says that the Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan brought the game to the mountainous Afghanistan in the 13th century. The game is mainly played during the colder winter months, and more popular in the northern part of the country, including Mazar-e-Sharif and Kabul. Buzkashi was banned by the Taliban regime, which condemned it as immoral. During the celebration of Persian New Year (Naoruz), a great buzkashi match is usually held in Mazar-e-Sharif, participated by some hundreds of the best buzkashi riders from all over the world. [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

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