These two events were not on our tour agenda.
On our first full day in Bhutan, we found two towns involved in an archery tournament. Archery is the national sport. I was simply not prepared for what we saw.
These guys were all first rate archers, who had earned the right through years of experience to compete for the town they are from. What I found particularly interesting was that when others were shooting, they would drift away and drink beer and smoke cigarettes! What a cool sport!
As you might imagine, when an archer actually hits the the target it is cause for song and dance. No really, song and dance! Play the following video for “proof”.
I am going to jump ahead a few days. The day of the week is important here. It was a Tuesday, which is “Walking Day” in Bhutan. Private cars are not allowed to be driven. The king asks his people to get off their duffs and walk to work or the market.
In a small town in the mountains (well, Bhutan is mostly small towns in the mountains, but…) we ran across a tournement of taxi drivers playing each other in the second national sport of Bhutan, darts. I am not talking about darts like in some pub. These were serious darts.
They were thrown by serious men!
Like the archery this was not an easy sport.
They really had to chuck it The effort resembled a baseball pitcher.
Of course when they hit the target they sang and danced. Only here, the opposing team members got to harass them a bit!
Next post…hmmm…well, all I’ll promise is more from the land of the Thunder Dragon. Stay tuned.