Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

The arena is sand, there are no ropes and the action is not choreographed. This is traditional Gambian wrestling at Sanyang beach.

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

To the accompaniment of drums, two fight it out in the arena while others march or dance up and down, round and round in preparation.

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

It is not only sport and entertainment, it also has a spiritual side with wrestlers often donning multiple amulets, said to give them spiritual strength.

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

Gambian wrestling, Sanyang

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