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Myanmar (Burma)

A Balletic Ball Game

A combination of sport and dance, chinlone -- the national sport of Myanmar -- is truly a beautiful game. The rules of the game are pretty simple. Around six people assemble in a circle and pass a rattan ball back and forth between each other with their feet, knees and head. Occasionally one member of the group will enter the middle of the circle to solo, creating a dance of various moves strung together. The ball becomes dead when it hits the ground and the entire endeavour starts afresh.