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Photographer Matthieu Paley takes us on a journey through the pastoral scenery and vibrant culture of today's Mongolia.   Text compiled by Rachel Scheer
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"Just beside the site of the Dayan Derkh monastery was a wrestling tournament. The wrestler, dressed in an open-chested wrestling shirt, called a zodog, is performing a traditional dance before a match. He keeps one hand on his trainer's shoulder and circles around him a few times, keeping his eyes closed most of the time.

"Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in Mongolia, particularly during Naadam. Naadam is a festival during which Mongolians engage in the sports of wisdom, courage, and strength, such as wrestling, archery, and horse-racing. Wrestlers are viewed as heroes and gain fame, like football players in the U.S."
Photographer Matthieu Paley

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Camera: Nikon F100
Film: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikon 20-35 mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4
Time of Day: 2:00 p.m.

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