Tug of war is a sport that pits two teams against each other in a test of strength: teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to bring the rope a certain distance in one direction against the force of the opposing team's pull. The Oxford English Dictionary says that the phrase "tug of war" meant "the decisive contest. Only in the 19th century was it used as a term for an athletic contest between two teams who haul at the opposite ends of a rope; the origins of tug of war are uncertain, but this sport was practised in Cambodia, ancient Egypt, Greece and China. According to a Tang dynasty book, The Notes of Feng, tug of war, under the name "hook pulling", was used by the military commander of the State of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period to train warriors. During the Tang dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang promoted large-scale tug of war games, using ropes of up to 167 metres with shorter ropes attached, more than 500 people on each end of the rope; each side had its own team of drummers to encourage the participants.
In ancient Greece the sport was called helkustinda and dielkustinda, which derives from dielkō, meaning amongst others "I pull through", all deriving from the verb helkō, "I draw, I pull". Helkustinda and efelkustinda seem to have been ordinary versions of tug of war, while dielkustinda had no rope, according to Julius Pollux, it is possible that the teams held hands when pulling, which would have increased difficulty, since handgrips are more difficult to sustain than a grip of a rope. Tug of war games in ancient Greece were among the most popular games used for strength and would help build strength needed for battle in full armor. Archeological evidence shows that tug of war was popular in India in the 12th century: There is no specific time and place in history to define the origin of the game of Tug of War; the contest of pulling on the rope originates from ancient rituals. Evidence is found in countries like Egypt, Myanmar, New Guinea... The origin of the game in India has strong archaeological roots going back at least to the 12th century AD in the area what is today the State of Orissa on the east coast.
The famous Sun Temple of Konark has a stone relief on the west wing of the structure showing the game of Tug of War in progress. Tug of war stories about heroic champions from Scandinavia and Germany circulate Western Europe where Viking warriors pull on animal skins over open pits of fire in tests of strength and endurance, in preparation for battle and plunder.1500 and 1600 – tug of war is popularised during tournaments in French châteaux gardens and in Great Britain 1800 – tug of war begins a new tradition among seafaring men who were required to tug on lines to adjust sails while ships were under way and in battle. The Mohave people used tug-of-war matches as means of settling disputes. There are tug of war clubs in many countries, both men and women participate; the sport has not been included since. The sport is part of the World Games; the Tug of War International Federation, organises World Championships for nation teams biannually, for both indoor and outdoor contests, a similar competition for club teams.
In England the sport was formally governed by the AAA until 1984, but is now catered for by the Tug of War Association, the Tug of War Federation of Great Britain. In Scotland, the Scottish Tug of War Association was formed in 1980; the sport features in Highland Games there. Between 1976 and 1988 Tug of War was a regular event during the television series Battle of the Network Stars. Teams of celebrities representing each major network competed in different sporting events culminating into the final event, the Tug of War. Lou Ferrigno's epic tug-o'-war performance in May 1979 is considered the greatest feat in'Battle' history; the sport is played in every country in the world. However, a small selection of countries have set up a national body to govern the sport. Most of these national bodies are associated with the International governing body call TWIF which stands for The Tug of War International Federation; as of 2008 there are 53 countries associated with TWIF, among which are Scotland, England, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and the United States.
In Myanmar, the tug of war, called lun hswe has both historical origins. It features as an important ritual in phongyibyan, the ceremonial cremation of high-ranking Buddhist monks, whereby the funerary pyres are tugged between opposite sides; the tug of war is used as a traditional rainmaking custom, called mo khaw, to encourage rain. The tradition originated during the rain of King Shinmahti in the Bagan era; the Rakhine people hold tug of war ceremonies called yatha hswe pwe during the Burmese month of Tabodwe. In Indonesia, Tarik Tambang is a popular sport held in many events, such as the Indonesian Independence Day celebration, school events, scout events; the rope used is called made from fibers of lar between two jousters. Two cinder blocks are placed a distance apart and the two jousters stand upon the blocks with a rope stretched between them; the objective for each jouster is to either a) cause their opponent to fall off their block, or b) to take their opponent's end of the rope from them.
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