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Fisherman Jousting

Time Period:
Around 2700 B.C., and versions of the game are still played today in many countries.
Description: This sport was often used to decide rivalries between villages, or settle disputes. The games often ended in death, as participants either could not swim or were maimed by crocodiles or hippos.
How it was played: 2 teams of fishermen on boats would try to knock the other off into the water. They could use their poles, hands, and feet.

The games had an aspect of religion to it, as competing boats were often filled with offerings.