16 of the most dangerous traditional games played around the world

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In America, grown men hurl themselves at each other at insane velocities, often resulting in devastating outcomes.

We call this sport "football."

The US isn't the only country that loves violent and dangerous activities, however.

Traditional games from all around the world - from cheese rolling in the UK to horseback wrestling in Kyrgyzstan - reveal just how strongly people have an urge to get physical.

We just hope their parents signed the necessary consent forms.

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But like all dangerous sports, the thrill of victory trumps all.

But like all dangerous sports, the thrill of victory trumps all.

Inevitably, there are spills.

Inevitably, there are spills.

Participants run full-speed downhill to catch the rolling wedge.

Participants run full-speed downhill to catch the rolling wedge.

Cheese-rolling is a fan favorite in the UK and New Zealand. The below competition takes place in Gloucester, in southern England, beginning on a near-vertical hill.

Cheese-rolling is a fan favorite in the UK and New Zealand. The below competition takes place in Gloucester, in southern England, beginning on a near-vertical hill.

Similarly, in Ashbourne, Britain, two teams must battle to move a ball to their respective bank of the River Henmore. The goals on the banks are three miles apart. Each team needs three points to win.

Similarly, in Ashbourne, Britain, two teams must battle to move a ball to their respective bank of the River Henmore. The goals on the banks are three miles apart. Each team needs three points to win.

During a Lelo match, a 35-pound ball is hoisted overhead by hundreds of participants in Shukhuti, Georgia. The goal is to move the ball from one village to another, all while each participant fights for control.

During a Lelo match, a 35-pound ball is hoisted overhead by hundreds of participants in Shukhuti, Georgia. The goal is to move the ball from one village to another, all while each participant fights for control.

In Kazakhstan, hunters on horseback play tug of war with a goat skin, trying to secure the skin while also drawing their opponents off the horse. The game is popular throughout Central Asia.

In Kazakhstan, hunters on horseback play tug of war with a goat skin, trying to secure the skin while also drawing their opponents off the horse. The game is popular throughout Central Asia.

"Kabbadi," a roughed-up version of tag played in northern India, requires players to catch their opponents in specific territories on the field all while repeating the word "Kabbadi" aloud.

"Kabbadi," a roughed-up version of tag played in northern India, requires players to catch their opponents in specific territories on the field all while repeating the word "Kabbadi" aloud.

Tree-climbing is a tradition in Kosovo. During the Rugova Traditional Games, held during the first week in August, participants scale a 26-foot-tall pole without any tools whatsoever.

Tree-climbing is a tradition in Kosovo. During the Rugova Traditional Games, held during the first week in August, participants scale a 26-foot-tall pole without any tools whatsoever.

On 'Shrove Tuesday' and Ash Wednesday in central England, players on two teams — the Up'ards and Down'ards — hit a ball the length of three miles to knock it against a stone pedestal.

On 'Shrove Tuesday' and Ash Wednesday in central England, players on two teams — the Up'ards and Down'ards — hit a ball the length of three miles to knock it against a stone pedestal.

Despite a heavy rainstorm, Guizhou province, China, holds a dragon boat race during its annual Dragon Boat Festival.

Despite a heavy rainstorm, Guizhou province, China, holds a dragon boat race during its annual Dragon Boat Festival.

In three minutes, men from Jiaxing, in China's Zhejiang province, must wrestle a full-grown bull to the ground. The competition is called "Guanniu."

In three minutes, men from Jiaxing, in China's Zhejiang province, must wrestle a full-grown bull to the ground. The competition is called "Guanniu."

In Malta's traditional version of "gostra," young men, women, and children must scale a greased-up pole and retrieve one of the flags to win prizes. The game dates back to the Middle Ages.

In Malta's traditional version of "gostra," young men, women, and children must scale a greased-up pole and retrieve one of the flags to win prizes. The game dates back to the Middle Ages.

The national sport of Afghanistan is "buzkashi." Riders on horseback must carry a headless goat corpse from one end of the stadium to the other as opponents try to steal it from them.

The national sport of Afghanistan is "buzkashi." Riders on horseback must carry a headless goat corpse from one end of the stadium to the other as opponents try to steal it from them.

The South African tradition known as "Musangwe" pits young men and boys from the Venda tribe against one other in contests of bare-knuckle boxing.

The South African tradition known as "Musangwe" pits young men and boys from the Venda tribe against one other in contests of bare-knuckle boxing.

In the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan, men on horseback wrestle one another trying to dismount their opponent during the Kyrgyz horse games and festival.

In the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan, men on horseback wrestle one another trying to dismount their opponent during the Kyrgyz horse games and festival.

An exhibition game of Maya Ball takes place in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The aim of the ancient game is to hit the ball through a hoop on the side of a wall.

An exhibition game of Maya Ball takes place in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The aim of the ancient game is to hit the ball through a hoop on the side of a wall.

Bavarian men try to pull one another across the table as part of the country's traditional finger pulling championship, called "Fingerhakeln."

Bavarian men try to pull one another across the table as part of the country's traditional finger pulling championship, called "Fingerhakeln."

In the village of Studenicani, near Macedonia's capital city of Skopje, men cover their bodies in oil before competing in the country's traditional wrestling competition. In nearby Turkey, oil wrestling is the national sport.

In the village of Studenicani, near Macedonia's capital city of Skopje, men cover their bodies in oil before competing in the country's traditional wrestling competition. In nearby Turkey, oil wrestling is the national sport.
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