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    A 60 seconds video from a "staged" presentation of traditional/native/folk/ethnic or whatever styles in the USSR:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/sankaku/v...2jc0_caucase/1

    The performances in the sport hall are:
    1. Kokh ? Armenia
    2. Trinta ? Moldova
    3. Chidaoba ? Georgia
    4. Hapsagai ? Yakutia
    5. Kuresh ? belt-wrestling style of the Tatars
    6. Gyulesh ? Azerbaijan (similar styles in Iran and Turkey)
    7. Sambo

    The styles #2-6 (especially 3, 4 and 5) are still very popular. The Armenian Kokh is almost extinct.

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    I did Trinta a few times when we went to Moldova summer training camps in the late 80s. Its similar to Sambo.

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    At the euros in Sofia I talked about Trinta with Victor Peikov (2nd at the 1994 worlds 74 kg) now president of the wrestling federation and vice-president of the NOC of Moldova. He said that at the parish feasts of almost all villages and small towns in Moldova, there is a Trinta competition. Trinta is an element also of the big festival of Kishinev (the capital), he said. The style had several regional variants until the late 1950s when it got standardized and written rules had been introduced.

    Sergei Lungu (1996 European jr. champ at 50 kg) was the first Moldavian with whom I talked about Trinta. We had that funny talk several years ago. Sergei said that he (and many other Moldavian freestyle wrestlers) used to compete also in Trinta. He felt very proud of himself when telling me that he had often ?wrestled for the cock?. I was quite confused. When he later said that the heavier guys wrested for rams, I caught on that the cock was the prize for the winner. I knew that male animals were the traditional prize in folkstyles in Europe and Asia from France in the West to Korea in the East (except for Switzerland ? the winners are awarded cows there). And I knew that the kind of the animal awarded depended on the particular weight (or master) class: a male lamb < a ram < a bull calf < a bull. But it was the first time I heard that also a cock could be the prize. Obviously it is not a big deal to be lightweight in Moldova.

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    When my teammates and I got invited to spend a few days at one Moldavian family, they killed a cock for one of the main dinners that we had there. Those things can run around for a few minutes with their heads cut off. Pretty crazy.

    Oh yeah, over there everyone drinks homemade grape wine like juice. Even teenagers. Some amazingly peaceful places are in those villages with great lakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    Oh yeah, over there everyone drinks homemade grape wine like juice. Even teenagers.
    Because the quality of the water is very bad. In 1999 I was there with friends for a week. We drank only wine, champagne and brandy ?Belyi aist? (White stork). I let water come into my mouth only when brushing my teeth.

    BTW, the white stork is not only a mark of a brandy but also the trade mark of all Moldavian wine products. It comes from a popular legend that says it was a white stork who saved a Moldavian fortress from the Turkish army. After the long-lasting siege there was no more drinking water in the fortress and Moldavians were going to surrender. Then a white stork came and brought them bunches of grapes. The Moldavians made wine and survived. Big, you see, the fondness of the present-day Moldavians for wine may have also a mythological background

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    akzent,

    I don't know about now. I was in Moldavia in 1987-88 during the summer for 52 days each of those summers. I drank water from the water wells and from the water tank at camp every day and I was fine.
    Last edited by Big; 06-20-2007 at 04:07 PM.

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    I drank water from the water wells and from the water tank at camp every day and I was fine.

    So that's what happened!

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