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10 Most Brutal, Ancient Games That Our Ancestors Used To Play

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Today sports provide us entertainment. Moreover, they allure us in many other ways. Furthermore, they teach us lessons about hard work, dedication, commitment and team spirit. Hence, it is hard to imagine our lives without sports. However, the sports used to be extremely brutal in the past. Hence, today we have brought you 10 most brutal, ancient games that our ancestors used to play.

 

1. Naumachia

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The event is also known as “Naval Warfare”. It is played inside the colosseum, where a score of boats will fight and the last boat standing (means floating) wins the game.

 

2. Kabaddi

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Perhaps, everyone knows about this game. Once it was for the competition between the kingdoms now it has reached the professional level. Each year we can see the throat drying action between the city teams.

 

3. Dog Fighting

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Dog fighting is not a new stuff. It is one of the ancient games that originated in China. Sometimes, the dogs do serious harm that is enough to kill their opponents.

 

4. Muay Thai

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It is also known as Thai- Boxing as it was originated in Thailand. Furthermore, it is known as the art of 8 limbs. In this combat sport they do the old style kick boxing and add elbows, knees and head butts to make it extremely lethal. It is still practiced in the world. Although, it is considered dangerous but it is quite helpful in self defense. Moreover, experiencing few years in this game, I personally recommend it to you for self defense.

 

5. Chunkey

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This is one of the ancient games that used to be played by Native Americans. They would roll a large stone across the ground and the viewers would throw spears on it. Although it was not brutal, it was a matter of pride. The losers would commit suicide sometimes.

 

6. Chariot Races

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This may seems like just a race but it is much more fatal than that. The competitors would try to outrun their opponents that would cause some serious accidents and in the worst cases it would cost them their lives.

 

7. Pankration

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Many compare it with MMA. Likewise, MMA it was  one on one fight that the fighter had to win by brutally knocking or choking his opponent out. However, MMA is bound by rules and much safer than this one.

 

8. Jousting

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This game can be seen in the movie “Dharam Veer” (1977), where Dharmendra knocks some knights out. However, the real version of the game was much brutal. One should be an adroit in dodging and knocking.

 

9. Venatio

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You may have seen this one in many movies; the players would have to kill the beast with the weapons before the beasts kill them.

 

10. Gladiatorial Games

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The gladiatorial fights are one of the most brutal ancient games. These games were certain to take the life away from one of the two fighters. 

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Also read, 25 brutal punishments that were popular in the medieval period.

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Ravi Dabas
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