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Chinlone is Burma’s national sport, with over 1500 years of history. It combines sports and dance, a team sport without teams. It is a non competitive game, the goal is not winning or losing, but seeing who makes the most beautiful pirouettes with the ball, made of rattan (a type of reed).
In the Thai version (takraw) of this sport, played mostly in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, there are two teams with three players each, separated by a net which hangs at approximately eye level. Players can use their heads and bare feet to hit the ball and keep it from touching the ground. Chinlone means “round basket” in the Burmese language and, along with the takraw is also known as caneball.
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