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Senegalese Wrestling

In my research, I was surprised to learn that wrestling is the most popular sport in Senegal. Laamb, or la lutte, is a long-standing tradition in Senegalese culture, and it holds unique ties to mysticism and religion. Today, it offers a chance at wealth and fame for Senegalese youth. It is somewhat more violent than other forms of wrestling, with some matches even allowing barehanded punches to be thrown. For this reason, it has not enjoyed much popularity outside of Senegal, but it is clearly an amazing and powerful sport!

 

Here’s a more detailed article and video:

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/sports/money-and-mysticism-mix-on-fight-nights-in-senegal.html