Tahteeb, Tahtib “Stick Game”
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Tahteeb was used as a form of martial arts in ancient Egypt. Its role has since changed to that of a festive game but some of the symbolism and values associated with the practice remain. The performance involves a brief, non-violent interchange between two adversaries, each wielding a long(1.3m) rattan stick while folk music plays in the background. The rules of the game are based on values such as mutual respect, friendship, courage, strength, chivalry, and pride.
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