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)

 

 

Kittens are very playful. When playing, they acquire skills, which are necessary later in their life, when they go hunting. The domestic cat is dealt with in detail elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man.

 

Fyn 2005-08
Playful kittens. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Jylland 1996-99
Kittens in a hay loft, playing on a discarded sofa. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Jylland 1996-99
Playful kitten, biting a vine. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Fyn 2010-17
Kittens, climbing up my trouser leg. (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, central 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. (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)

 

 

Holi is a Hindu spring festival, celebrating the god Krishna, and the victory of good over evil – a gay festival, in which people, regardless of caste, pelt each other with red, yellow, purple, or green powder, or with water, dyed with powder. For this reason, Holi has been dubbed The Festival of Colours.

 

Nordindien 1991
During Holi, children spray a passing cyclist with coloured water, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

During another Hindu festival, Bada Dasain, also called Dassera or Durga Puja, gigantic swings are erected in many Nepalese villages, tied to the end of long ropes, which hang down from the top of four long bamboo poles. Other swings are tied to large branches in trees.

 

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Nepal 2009-1
Girls, playing on gigantic swings, hanging down from bamboo poles, central Nepal. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Nepal 1985
Girl on a swing, which is tied to a branch, Pokhara, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Yet another Hindu festival is Bisket Jatra, which is celebrated by the Newar people in the city of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. During this festival, a chariot with an image of the Hindu god Kalo Bhairab (a local form of Shiva), is hauled through the streets.

Read more about Hindu festivals elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: India 1991 – Attending Hindu festivals in Rajasthan. About Hindu gods and Hinduism in general, see Religion: Hinduism.

 

Nepal 1994
Children, playing beneath the chariot, which is hauled through the streets of Bhaktapur, carrying an image of the Hindu god Kalo Bhairab. (Photo 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 elsewhere on this website, see Animals – Rise and fall of the mighty elephants. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
Nepal 1998
Thakali men in the village of Marpha, Kali Gandaki Valley, central Nepal, participate in an archery competition. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The Unga is a Bantu people – from ba (a plural form) and ntu (’human’), i.e. ‘people’ – who live on islands in the great Bangweulu Swamps, northern Zambia. Their main occupation is fishing, and they also grow manioc, or kassava (Manihot esculenta), besides collecting a number of wild plants, such as rhizomes of water-lilies (Nymphaea) and roots of papyrus (Cyperus papyrus). They also hunt birds and antelope. – Read more about the Unga people elsewhere on this website, see Countries and places: Bangweulu – where water meets the sky.

 

Zambia 1993
On Ncheta Island, Bangweulu Swamps, soccer is a very popular game among Unga boys. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Zambia 1993
During a meeting in a women’s group on Ncheta Island, this child of the Unga tribe is playing with a stick. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Zambia 1993 
Boy of the Unga tribe, hunting birds with a slingshot. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Of the 23 species of macaque, the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is the most widespread, found from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, south to the Malaysian and Indonesian Archipelago, and thence east to the Philippines. – Read more about this species, as well as many other monkeys, elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Monkeys and apes.

 

Cambodia 2010
These two young long-tailed macaques at Angkor Thom, Cambodia, are hanging in a branch, whereupon they let go, dropping into a waterhole. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Bali 2009
Young long-tailed macaque, pushing half a coconut shell across flagstones, Wenara Wana Temple (popularly called ‘Monkey Forest’), Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (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)

 

 

Gasing is Malaysian top spinning. 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.

 

Malaysia 1984-85 
Gasing, Kota Bharu, Malaysia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
During the midday heat, this Gurung child in Ilam, eastern Nepal, is playing with a metal cup and a bamboo stick. (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 elsewhere 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)

 

The Batak are a Malayan people, living in a large area, centered around Lake Toba, central Sumatra, Indonesia. – More pictures of this tribe are found elsewhere on this website, see Gallery: People – Tribals of the Sunda Islands.

 

 

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. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Sydøstasien 1975
Batak tribal children, playing with bamboo stems, Samosir Island. (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)

 

 

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

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
This boy in the town of Basantapur, eastern Nepal, enjoys himself, playing on a simple flute, made from a thin bamboo stem. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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, 362, pp. 523-538)

 

Tanzania 1990 
A very young pup of spotted hyena, playing with an older pup outside their den, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. When the pups are born, they are jetblack. With age, they become pale grey, before changing into the brownish pelt of adults. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Malaysia 1984-85
Malaysia 1984-85
Silat is 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. (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 in Sri Lanka, playing with ‘air guns’, made from thin sticks, which fit into a tube. When you press the stick into the tube very quickly, you are able to shoot pebbles quite a distance. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Østafrika 1994-95 
Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius), playing in the Banagi River, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Read about hippos elsewhere 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, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, 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 elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (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
This old stone quarry near Djupvik, Öland, Sweden, has been converted into a playground, in which people build ‘sculptures’. (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, southern 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. – The domestic dog is dealt with in detail elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Dog family, and Animals: Animals as servants of Man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The jet-black choughs (Pyrrhocorax) 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. The alpine, or yellow-billed, chough (P. graculus), is presented in depth elsewhere on this website, see: In praise of the colour yellow, while its near relative, the red-billed chough (P. pyrrhocorax), is dealt with in: In praise of the colour red.

 

Nepal 1994-95
Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), soaring over the Ghunsa Valley, eastern Nepal. (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, central Nepal. (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)

 

 

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)

 

 

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