A Mundari wrestler (center) faces off against a wrestler from the Dinka tribe. The wrestlers paint themselves with dried cow dung to prepare for the fights.
  • A wrestler dances with his team after a match ends in Juba stadium. Although violent, the matches offer a needed release from tribal tensions in South Sudan.
  • A wrestler covers his hands in dust just before a fight in Juba stadium. The matches take place on the city's football field.
  • A victorious wrestler from the Mundari tribe is congratulated after defeating his opponent. The side with the most victories after 15 matches wins the tournament.
  • Supporters of a wrestler surround him to keep him from charging the other side. The wrestler holds his hands in the shape of a bull's horns. Each wrestler has a different sign.
  • Mundari wrestlers wait to compete at Juba stadium. This wrestler's back shows ritual scars. Across South Sudan scarification is popular, similar to tattooing in the United States.
  • A Mundari wrestler (center) faces off against a wrestler from the Dinka tribe. The wrestlers paint themselves with dried cow dung to prepare for the fights.
  • Wrestlers try to grasp each others arms to throw the other off balance. Matches are short but intense.
  • A wrestler slaps his opponent across the head, a legal move, before trying to push the opponent off balance.
  • A police officer working as a referee waves the South Sudan flag as the fight nears the three-minute time limit.
  • A wrestler brings his opponent to the ground at Juba stadium. The wrestler who touches the ground first with any part of his body besides his feet is the loser.
  • Women in traditional dress cheer during a wrestling match at Juba stadium.
  • A victorious wrestler is carried from the ring after winning a critical match. Victory celebrations are allowed, but often cut short to avoid fights between fans.

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