Horse Racing With Sheep Ankle Bones: The Play of Nomadic Children in Mongolia
The play activities of nomadic Mongolian children embrace an ancient traditional philosophy of life, connecting families to nature, respecting elders, and encouraging tenacity in daily life. This article discusses the context of this unique form of child play, its meaning, and its functional value. The major focus is on how these play activities have been communicated through centuries within themes of survival, lifestyle, and story. The article first reviews the cultural concept of play within discussions of adaptation, evolutionary process, and a culture-specific phenomenon, proceeds to examine how Mongolian traditional play encourages young children to be knowledgeable about nomadic values, and concludes with a discussion of how the context of the play of Mongolian nomadic children is situated within an understanding the concept of the ludic.
Copyright (c) 2017 Javzandulam Batsaikhan, Candace Kaye
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Authors contributing to the Journal of Childhood Studies agree to release their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International license. This licence allows anyone to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.
Authors retain copyright of their work and grant the journal right of first publication.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.