Play

 

 

On this website, the word ’play’ has a somewhat broader meaning, including e.g. dancing, games, angling, carnivals, archery, etc.

 

 

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These boys have a great time, playing with a wheelbarrow in a sea of silver-headed grass. – Tumlingtar, Arun Valley, E Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 2010-17
Kittens, climbing up my trouser leg. – See more pictures of kittens – and read about domestic cats – on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Cat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991
Tibetan Buddhist monks, playing outside their monastery near the giant Buddhist stupa Bodhnath, Kathmandu, Nepal. – Read about Bodhnath, and about Tibetan Buddhism, elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-3
A little girl and her father enjoy a merry-go-round, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Annapurna 2007 
Their families being too poor to buy expensive toys, Nepalese children often play with materials at hand. In this picture, a little Gurung girl and her brother are building a castle of stones and cardboard wrappings, Kali Gandaki Valley, C Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali 2009
Children in a playground, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Playing on a trampoline, Denmark. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
‘Hi, Mom!’ – Kids have drawn a greeting to their mother on a sandy beach, Torrey Pines State Beach, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2009
Khmer children, playing outside their home, Banteay Srey, Angkor, Cambodia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Canariske Øer 2006
Canariske Øer 2006
Canariske Øer 2006
Canariske Øer 2006
During a carnival in the town of Los Christianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, these children have been dressed up for a parade, e.g. a little boy as a clown, and a girl as a giant butterfly. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Nepal 1985
Nepal 2009-1
During the Hindu festival of Bada Dasain – also called Dassera or Durga Puja – many Nepalese villagers erect four long bamboo poles, tying them together above. Long ropes are then tied to the top, hanging down to form a gigantic swing. – Read more about Hindu festivals elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: India 1991 – Attending Hindu festivals in Rajasthan. About Hinduism in general, see Religion: Hinduism. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99 
Little girls, playing with flower pots in a wash tub, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1980
Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), playing in a waterhole, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India. – Read about elephants on this website, see Animals – Rise and fall of the mighty elephants. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99 
Playful kitten, biting a vine. – See more pictures of kittens – and read about domestic cats – on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Cat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
Nepal 1998
Thakali man, participating in an archery competition, fires his arrow (top), while others await their turn, Marpha, Kali Gandaki Valley, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993 
Boy of the Unga tribe, hunting birds with a slingshot, Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia. – Read more about the Unga people on this website, see Countries and places: Bangweulu – where water meets the sky. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
Boys, playing in the Rapti River, S Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984
Boys, playing on a beach, Lemery, Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010
Bali 2009
These two pictures show playing young long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). In the upper picture, two young are hanging in a branch, letting go to drop into a waterhole at Angkor Thom, Cambodia, while the one in the lower picture is pushing half a coconut shell across flagstones near the Wenara Wana Temple (popularly called ‘Monkey Forest’), Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. – Read more about this species, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Soccer is a very popular game among Unga tribal boys, living on Ncheta Island, Bangweulu Swamps, Zambia. – Read more about the Unga people on this website, see Countries and places: Bangweulu – where water meets the sky. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2008 
This little boy has fun, chasing the many feral pigeons, which are being fed on Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990
Tanzanian boys with balls, made from the sap of a forest vine. They smear a finger in the sap, and when it has dried a little, they blow it up. Then, over the next few hours, they apply several layers of sap, finally producing a small ball. The boy to the right shows a finished ball. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007 
Little boy, playing on a toy police motorcycle, Guizhou Province, China. Note his fancy hairstyle. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 1967-2004
Poseidon’s or Neptune’s daughter? – Little girl with sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca) on her head, Langeland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85 
Malaysian top spinning, called Gasing. A rope is tied around the top, which weighs c. 5 kilos, and with the help of this rope, the top is thrown onto a flat piece of ground. While the top is spinning, another man shovels up the top with a bat and proceeds to place it on a narrow piece of metal, which again has to be placed on a piece of wood. The top must not be touched with your hands. The team, whose top is spinning for the longest time, has won. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
During the midday heat, this Gurung child is playing with a metal cup and a bamboo stick. – Ilam, E Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85
Malaysia 1984-85
Orphaned orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah, Borneo. Read about these orangutans on this website, see Travel episodes: Borneo 1985 – Visiting orangutans. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Island-Færøerne 1999
Boy, angling for trout, Lake Isholsvatn, northern Iceland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991 
During the Hindu festival Holi (‘Festival of Colours’), children spray a cyclist with coloured water, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. – Read more about the Holi festival on this website, see Travel episodes: India 1991 – Attending Hindu festivals in Rajasthan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975
These Batak tribal children have fun, riding on water buffaloes, which they bring home after work in the paddy fields, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. More pictures of Batak people are found on this website, see Gallery: People – Tribals of the Sunda Islands. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Island-Færøerne 1999 
Boy, peeping through a hole in hardened lava, stemming from a volcanic eruption, which took place c. 15 years previously. – Krafla, near Lake Myvatn, Iceland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
During the Newar festival Bisket Jatra, a chariot with an image of Hindu god Kalo Bhairab (a local form of Shiva), is hauled through the streets of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. In this picture, children are playing in the ropes tied to the chariot. – Read more about Shiva and other Hindu gods elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Hinduism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1967-76
This little boy has fun, blowing seeds off a dandelion (Taraxacum vulgare). – Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
This village boy enjoys himself, playing a simple flute, made from a thin bamboo stem. – Basantapur, E Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1991-95 
When snow is covering the ground, children bring out their sledges and skies to glide down hills. – Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2000
These Ladakhi girls are playing an ancient game. They throw several pebbles into the air, grabbing as many pebbles as possible from the ground, before catching the falling ones. – Markha Valley, Ladakh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990 
The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of deserts, rainforests, and alpine areas on mountain tops. This species once ranged all over Europe and northern Asia, from Spain and France east to eastern Siberia. It is still not clear why it went extinct in Siberia, but its disappearance from Europe is linked to the decline in grasslands – its favoured habitat – about 12,500 years ago. The spotted hyena has a very complex social behaviour, with respect to group-size, hierarchical structure, and frequency of social interaction among both kin and unrelated group-mates. However, their social system is openly competitive rather than cooperative, with access to kills, mating opportunities, and the time of dispersal for males, all depending on the ability to dominate other clan-members. (Source: Holekamp, Sakai & Lundrigan, 2007. ‘Social intelligence in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London B, 362, 523-538.) – This picture shows a very young, black pup, playing with an older, pale pup outside their den, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85
Malaysia 1984-85
Silat, a stylized Malaysian martial art, somewhat resembling dancing. The point is to fool the opponent and then suddenly throw him to the ground. – Kota Bharu, Malaysia. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975 
Batak tribal children, playing with bamboo stems, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. More pictures of Batak people are found on this website, see Gallery: People – Tribals of the Sunda Islands. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Children on swings in evening light, Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1991-95
This little boy has fun, splashing in a puddle after heavy rain, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1966-76
Little boy, playing with a bucket, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79 
Little boy, playing in a basket, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
Sinhalese boys, playing with ‘air guns’, made from thin sticks, which fit into a tube. When you press the stick into the tube, you are able to shoot pebbles quite a distance. – Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 2005-08
Playful kittens. – See more pictures of kittens – and read about domestic cats – on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Cat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Østafrika 1994-95 
Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius), playing in the Banagi River, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Read about hippos on this website, see Animals: Hippo – the river horse that lives on both sides. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
Yi tribal girl from the Yunnan Province, China, playing with bits of banana leaves, which her parents have been using to wrap around goods, to be sold at a market. More pictures of Yi people, and other Chinese tribal people, are found on this website, see Gallery: People – Tribals of China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014 
Little girl, playing with a punctured balloon, Ladakh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
This boy proudly presents his catch, a perch (Perca fluviatilis), Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
Usually, dogs and cats are sworn enemies, but if they grow up together, like this cat and wire-haired dachshund, they can be the best of friends. – Read about domestic cats and dogs on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Cat; and Dog. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75 
Little Sinhalese girl on a rocking horse, Horana, Sri Lanka. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2015
An old stone quarry has been converted into a playground, in which people build ‘sculptures’, Djupvik, Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975 
Little children, playing with a gate, Bangkok, Thailand. The girl wears no trousers at all, and soon the boy will drop his. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2012
Old and weathered wooden sculpture, depicting children, playing with a deer, Taichung, Taiwan. More pictures of wood carvings from Taiwan and other places are found elsewhere on this website, see Culture: Wood carvings. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tanzania 1990 
Makonde boy, playing with a home-made toy car, Kitere, S Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1999-2005
Mural in Povls Church, Bornholm, Denmark, depicting serious sins, such as playing music, dancing, and playing games – at least according to certain puritanical Christian sects. – Read more about Christianity on this website, see Religion: Christianity. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987 
Playing pups, Gyantse, Tibet. – See more pictures of pups – and read about domestic dogs – on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Dog. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
The jet-black choughs are master navigators in the air. Often you see them in large flocks, swooping and diving, while calling incessantly – obviously showing sheer pleasure of flying. – This picture shows Alpine, or yellow-billed, choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), soaring above Ghunsa Valley, eastern Nepal. This species is presented in depth elsewhere on this website, see: In praise of the colour yellow. For its near relative, the red-billed chough (P. pyrrhocorax), see: In praise of the colour red. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ladakh 2000 
Boys, playing in a flooded street, Delhi, India. The taxi in the background is in trouble. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 2000-05
Young man, having fun with an off-roader in a wet meadow, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 2000 
Tibetans, participating in an annual horse race, held during the Yartung Festival, Muktinath, Jhong River Valley, C Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
Kittens in a hay loft, playing on a discarded sofa. – See more pictures of kittens – and read about domestic cats – on this website, see Animals – Animals as servants of Man: Cat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99 
Boys, playing in a sandpit, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bali 2009
During a Hindu temple festival, these small boys are playing with a drum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008b 
Outdoor line dance performance, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Yunnan 2007
Boy, playing among watermelons, which his parents are selling at the roadside, Yunnan Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993 
During a meeting in a women’s group on Ncheta Island, Bangweulu Swamps, northern Zambia, this child of the Unga tribe is playing with a stick. Read more about the Unga people on this website, see Countries and places: Bangweulu – where water meets the sky. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
Wearing his mother’s slippers, this little boy is trying to move a plank, the size of which is obviously beyond his abilities, Bagarchap, Marsyangdi Valley, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded October 2016)

 

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