I ask your forgiveness if I was pretty straightforward with the topic But I just can’t stop being amazed by our Kyrgyz women! They have always been very strong and active in everything they did: at home, as well as in society. Let me share one of the fun activities, where they showed extreme skills in horseback riding.
Kyz kuu or kyz kuumai, literally “girl chasing”, is a traditional sport among the Kyrgyz people. The process looks like a simple horse racing, but is often referred to as a “kissing game”.
This is how the game goes: A young man on horseback waits at the starting line. A young woman, also mounted, starts her horse galloping from a given distance behind the young man. When the young woman passes the young man, he may start his horse galloping.
The two race towards a finish line some distance ahead. If the young man is able to catch up to the young woman before they reach the finish line, he may reach out to her and steal a kiss, which constitutes his victory.
However, if the young man has not caught up to the young woman by the time they reach the finish line, the young woman turns around and chases the young man back to the starting line. If she is in range of the young man, she may use her whip to beat him, which signifies a victory for her!