Ghengis Khan

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Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

Horse wrestling: a traditional nomad existence gave the Kyrgyz the horseback prowess associated with the most famous central Asian, Ghengis Khan. Today the national sport of Kyrgyzstan is wrestling  and a gory form of polo involving a sheep’s headless carcass. Photograph: Jonathan Korowicz

The market in Bishkek is a mayhem of spices, meat and dowdy attire. You want a lock, glue or fresh pistachios? Some “atum” ground chilli or perhaps a (...)

Post-kidnapping Kyrgyz women: a quarter of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan are believed to involve bride kidnapping. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan is an Islamic former Soviet republic of 5½ million people, 800,000-odd of them in Bishkek, the capital. Ethnic Kyrgyz have a history of ho(...)