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Wrestle Mania Senegal

March 18, 2010

Bring on the WWF

Wrestling, now one of Senegal’s most popular sports, is a combination of stadium spectator sport, religious and magical mysticism and corporate sponsorship. It’s known as Laamb and has traditional roots but differs from many other wrestling types found in Africa as you can use blows from the hand, i.e. bare knuckle punching. The legendry champion is Yekini, although a dude called Tyson is apparently pretty good too.

The BBC does a wonderful job of capturing the sport in pictures here.

And for those of you who like moving pictures, there is some slightly eclectic footage too.

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