This story now
IN Sports ON 08 Dec, 2015
The human evolution from past millions of years transformed the humans from all sassy to smart assy. But along with our smart inventions, we also invented something we didn’t want to, boredom. And so, as an antidote to this boredom, our ancestors came up with these interesting and intense sports. Let’s take a look:
Pankration is the ancient Greek version of MMA. Pankration was all about bringing your opponent to the footstep of death's door, but not letting him enter the house. So basically what you are looking at is a bloody, intense, one-on-one, all in fists fight where your aim is almost to kill your opponent.. ALMOST.
Venatio is the ancient Roman way of boasting about the fact that Roman men are no less than vicious beasts. They were so intrigued with this school of thought that on the day of the inauguration of the famous Colosseum, over 9,000 beasts were killed. Sadly, a lot of Roman men met the same fate.
This is a sport for people who have a serious problem with long and healthy life. You can think of chariot races as a death match with a finish line. And the fun part is that it is almost impossible to reach this finish life without getting injured.
Remember Russel Crowe in The Gladiator, yes, that's what we are talking about. These games were all about a bloodthirsty crowd in the stands, hoping to see new and unusual ways of killing a gladiator.
Seems like the Collosem housed a lot of intense sports in the ancient world. Naumachia is another such sport, which roughly translates to 'Naval warfare'.
This Native American's game wasn't as violent as the others on this list. What made it intense though is the losers' tendency to commit suicide. All you had to do was roll a large stone across the ground while the other participants threw spears at it.
Ah here comes the Game of Thrones' sport! All you have to do in this game is to knock your opponent off of his horse using a 10-foot long pole. Pretty intense!
This sport dates back thousands of years and is believed to have originated in ancient Rome or even China. It looks pretty hardcore, doesn't it?
Who doesn't know what Kabaddi is? It is one of the oldest South Asian sport played between two teams and resembles a giant wrestling match.
This lethal martial art was born on the ancient battlefields of Thailand and has since spread its wings across the world.